#MTSen: Schweitzer Cuts a Check for Bohlinger

Aaron Flint posted on March 13, 2014 12:28 :: 3067 Views

Chris Matthews:  For Dems, The Senate is Gone

As NationalReview.com reports:

“It’s going to be very hard to hold the Senate — I think the Senate goes,” he said on Morning Joe on Thursday. “I think we heard from the Ghost of Christmas Future this week; they’re going to lose the Senate,” he added, referring to Republican David Jolly’s victory Tuesday in Florida’s special congressional election.

Or, could the insurgent campaign from former Lt. Gov John Bohlinger (D-MT) give Dems a shot at Montana in 2014? 

Bohlinger said he’s asked former governor Brain Schweitzer for support and received it.
“I said Brian, I need the list of the donors that supported our campaign in 2004 and 2008 and he said ‘I’ll get that to you’ and he has,” Bohlinger said. “I also said, you know, I’ll need your financial support, and he sent me $1,000. Brian is a good friend and very supportive. I have enough money in my campaign finance account to buy a tank of gas. I’m going to drive the state promoting my candidacy and we’ll let the people have a voice in who gets elected.”

Read More: John Bohlinger Says He’s Not Dropping Out of Senate Race Despite “Unprecedented” D.C. Interference | http://newstalkkgvo.com/john-bohlinger-says-hes-not-dropping-out-of-senate-race-despite-unprecedented-d-c-interference/?trackback=tsmclip

Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor, Sabato’s Crystal Ball: Senate Race Update

In this Senate update, we wanted to quickly sum up the state of play in all the competitive races, but also give a sense of which seats are likeliest to change party hands. Our current ratings suggest that Republicans are at least slightly favored in four Democratic-held seats (Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia); have about even odds in another three (Alaska, Louisiana and North Carolina); and — stretching here — under near-perfect conditions could potentially compete in or even flip up to an additional seven seats beyond that (Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon and Virginia). Meanwhile, Democrats have outside shots in Georgia, Kentucky and perhaps — if absolutely everything broke right for them — Mississippi.

3. Montana: With now-Ambassador Max Baucus headed to China, Gov. Steve Bullock (D) appointed John Walsh (D), his former lieutenant governor, to a Senate seat that Republicans have never held since the passage of the 17th Amendment. Our sources in Montana believe Walsh still has a lot to prove, and the new incumbent continues to have some primary trouble: John Bohlinger (D), ex-Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s (D) former lieutenant governor, is continuing his challenge to Walsh. Put it all together and Rep. Steve Daines (R, MT-AL), who should be fine in his primary, remains a favorite even though he is now running against an incumbent.


Al Smith

Thursday, March 13, 2014 5:51 PM

It is good that Bohlinger has decided to challenge the Appointed One. It gives Montana a choice and it just plain looks good.

A lot of folks think the governor should have appointed a place holder, not someone who had already stated their intentions to seek the Senate seat left open by Baucus. Appointing Walsh, whether it was or not, reeks of under-handed political favoritism.

Looking back over the years, it’s nothing new for Montana rascals to make deals. What’s so infuriating is when someone gets caught in the middle of a political cat fight and is helpless to extricate themselves. For some reason, Barry Beach comes to mind. His case has become a political football and everyone knows it.

Tim Fox was on Voices a week or so ago and said five AG’s had looked over the evidence of the Beach case. Evidence? What evidence? There was no physical evidence connecting Beach to the crime. Do the people on the Montana Supreme Court, the Governor, the Parole Board, and AG Fox think we are stupid? Why didn’t Beach get a new trial when there were those who finally were brave enough to come forward and testify that they were certain it was not Beach who murdered Kim Nees. If not him, who then? A trial would have answered so many questions. But, a trial might have proved Beach was innocent and then on whose face would you see the rotten eggs? An Ex-Governor and some AG’s who have a stake in not seeing Beach found not guilty. Talk about some stink! Talk about nasty politics! It’s my opinion there are a whole lot of Montanans fed up with the whole kit and caboodle.

And that’s my rant for today.

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