Just yesterday, on this blog, I reported GOP internal poll numbers that suggested former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger (D-MT) is a stronger candidate than current Lt. Gov John Walsh (D-MT). That same internal poll showed US Senate candidate Steve Daines (R-MT) leading both, but with a much greater lead over Walsh than Bohlinger.
Liberal bloggers in Helena scoffed- “Does anyone, and I mean anyone, really believe that absurd Daines poll…?” asked Don Pogreba.
Apparently John Bohlinger does. Because later that same day, he announced that he would be running for the US Senate- pitting him against current Lt. Gov. John Walsh and Dirk Adams in the Democratic primary .
As MTN’s Sanjay Talwani reports for KTVQ-TV:
He made the announcement at the Lewis and Clark County Democrats’ fundraising dinner Tuesday, he confirmed Tuesday night.
“I have submitted papers to the Federal Election Commission that will identify me as a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate,” he said in a telephone interview Tuesday evening.
Of his rivals for the position, he had praise for Walsh, but said he thought the people of Montana, not Washington or Montana political insiders, should pick the Democratic nominee.
— Jill Jagelski (@JJagelskiBNBC) November 6, 2013
Bohlinger’s line about the DC establishment may clearly strike a chord with Democratic primary voters, especially as the establishment has clearly settled behind John Walsh. The DSCC Wednesday morning touted an endorsement by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) for Walsh. This bitter primary may already be heating up as a sitting US Senator and the DSCC take sides in a primary battle.
— Bob Brigham (@BobBrigham) November 6, 2013
— Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) November 6, 2013
Here’s another reason the “establishment” line will strike a chord. I’d heard from another Democrat considering a run for US Senate who told me that “Harry Reid had already decided that John Walsh was his guy.”
Now this- New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D) apparently raising money for Walsh in DC:
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Wednesday, November 06, 2013 10:09 PM
Must be nice to just “show up” and collect money, eh?… Oh, that’s what they’ve done for years, isn’t it?…
There must be some breakdown with communications here; the “leadership” and the “powers’ that be” seem to already have the results of any vote…yet, those running here in MT have not got the word, at all.. Must be the water back in DC, eh?..
Of course, with the “voting records” for Dem’s…is there any reason NOT to expect them to know the outcome before the papers are even filed? 105% and 103% of all registered voters down in Florida managed to find the DEM box, eh?