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Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D. MT) running for Sen. Max Baucus' (D. MT) seat.
Interesting development in the Democratic primary to succeed retiring Senator Max Baucus (D. MT):

Former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger says he may end his campaign for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate if current Lt. Gov. John Walsh is appointed to serve the rest of Max Baucus' term.

If Baucus resigns from the Senate to become the next U.S. ambassador to China, it will be up to Gov. Steve Bullock to pick an interim replacement until January 2015.

Walsh has asked Bullock to appoint him, but the Democratic governor has kept quiet on a possible selection. - AP, 1/21/14

Why would Bohlinger decide to do this?

Bohlinger says the interim appointment would give Walsh the power, name recognition and fundraising ability of an incumbent, making it almost impossible to defeat him in the election. - KULR 8 News, 1/21/14
Sounds like Bohlinger is tempting Bullock to appoint Walsh but Bohlinger also sounds like he's calling Bullock's bluff:

But Bohlinger, the former Republican lieutenant governor under Democrat Brian Schweitzer, said it's unlikely Bullock will appoint Walsh.

"There's a history of unsuccessful efforts of those who have been chosen to fill out a term," he said "They historically do not do well. We'll wait and see."

While Bullock has endorsed Walsh in the race, he has stopped short of saying he would appoint him to Baucus' seat.

Bohlinger, Walsh, and Wilsall rancher Dirk Adams are in the running for the Democratic nomination for the seat.

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines has a huge fundraising lead over state Rep. Champ Edmunds of Missoula on the Republican side. - KRTV, 1/21/14

We'll have to see how this plays out.  Not sure if Bohlinger is playing chess or playing with fire on this one.  We shall have to wait and see.

Originally posted to pdc on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 08:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Montana Kossaks and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 08:00:15 PM PST

  •  I bet he'd run as an indie... (0+ / 0-)

    Was a Repub, served as Schweitzer's Lt. Gov, was going to run in Dem primary but crony politics made it too hard.  

    So he could run as the true non-partisan/bipartisan independent who has proven to work with all sides.

    It would be a definite wrench - who would he take more from?  He's a life long Repub, recently turned Dem, running as a true independent...

    Glenn Greenwald promotes far-right fringe extremist group The Oath Keepers -

    by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 08:18:44 PM PST

  •  Appointment may be Walsh's only route to Senate (1+ / 0-)
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    But Walsh may never win election to a six-year term. He’s bleeding from self-inflicted wounds that I suspect will leave him just strong enough to win the primary, but too weak to defeat Daines in the general election.

    The Army inspector general’s finding that Walsh abused his position for personal gain when he used his Army email account to urge subordinates in the Montana National Guard to join a nonprofit organization that lobbies for better equipment and funding for the Guard was survivable. Walsh made a mistake, but it was a small mistake made in furtherance of improving the lot of the men he led. A pardonable mistake.

    Army vice chief of staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli thought otherwise, however, placing in Walsh’s jacket a reprimand concluding that Walsh’s misstep “causes me to question your ability to lead.” Whether justified or not, Chiarelli’s judgment stings. Expect to see it repeated hundreds of times in devastating anti-Walsh ads.

    It's worth a few minutes to read the whole thing.

    Conner is not a flaming wingnut type.  He doesn't seem to care whose ox he gores with his opinions.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 08:20:09 PM PST

  •  Former Republicans running as Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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    Seems to be a lot of that going around lately, and I'm not sure I like it.  

    •  John Bohlinger though is different (1+ / 0-)
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      He's very much progressive in the Elizabeth Warren camp and actually became a Democrat long time ago but not because of running for another election necessarily.  

      •  I hope you're right (0+ / 0-)

        Admittedly I don't know much about the man, but there seems to be a trend developing.

        •  Well, the GOP is becoming more rigid (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not convinced though there's any reason to be concerned for anyone in the GOP who registers as a Democrat because they believe the party better serves their needs.  I used to be a Republican from 1998-2003 (registered as Democrat September 2003) and have since then become a progressive Democrat.  Hell, even Daily Kos founder Markos used to be a Republican and campaigned for Rep. Henry Hyde back in the day.  Incidentally, Markos and Daily Kos headquarters are in Berkeley, CA where I live as well (although I've lived longer here than both).

          Charlie Crist for example was a popular and well liked Governor of Florida and moderate of course.  If the GOP was that way today, Crist would stay in the party.  Also, Jason Thigpen may have, for a number of people, ran as a Tea Party candidate but he ended up becoming a Democrat because he was disillusioned by the rigidness of the GOP and the party offered no input for independent thinking at all.  If Thigpen was originally a Tea Party candidate, that's perhaps because he was running as one but not necessarily because he himself outside of politics is right wing.  There are those who are genuinely right-wing (Ted Cruz, James Inhofe) and there are those who are brainwashed but cannot develop any independent thinking because it's just not allowed in the GOP.  Or maybe Fox News injects crap into their heads all the time.

          The only reason we have to be concerned is if the national Democratic Party is promoting more Democrats "in name only" and not people who will fight for the underdog.

        •  It's not a trend I'm worried about (0+ / 0-)

          I used to be a Republican (more moderate) from 1998-2003 so from high school to end of college I was so.  Ended up registering for the Democratic Party because while I admired Theodore Roosevelt and even the anti-poverty efforts by Herbert Hoover (not during his presidency), my favorite president even before high school was Harry Truman so going back to those roots just made me rethink my party registration.  I mean, anyone can register for any party.  It's not as if they have to be very proactive and be forced to think a certain way.

          Or look at Daily Kos founder Markos.  He used to be a Republican, I believe volunteered for Rep. Henry Hyde back in the day and has been very liberal for many years now.  He and Daily Kos are situated in Berkeley, which I grew up in and live in currently.

          Important to understand: The national Democratic Party is more open to input and opinions than the national Republican Party.  Democrats have an abundance of donors in a way that allows more freedom of dialog and discussion so everyone can learn from each other.

          The GOP on the other hand, is limited because its donors are Christian right and Tea Party nuts.  There are also rich business donors as well.  However, it's the Christian right and Tea Party crazies that have a stranglehold on the GOP and naturally, you're seeing a number of GOP folks not happy with the current party.  I don't blame them.

        •  Pardon for the two comments above (0+ / 0-)

          I actually tried posting first comment before and it didn't post so when I refreshed the browser, still no comment.  You can ignore the second comment.

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