Democrat No-Show Could Help GOP Snag Senate
Brian Schweitzer says he won't run for Montana Senate seat
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2013 2:56 PM CDT
Then-Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer addresses the Democratic National Convention in February 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Here's how it was supposed to go for the Democrats: Max Baucus would vacate his Montana Senate seat next year, and former Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer would take his place. Schweitzer was a popular leader, and considered the best chance the Democrats had at retaining the Senate seat. But now Schweitzer says he doesn't want it. "I love Montana. I want to be here," he says, per the AP. "This is my home, not Washington, DC." The announcement comes after Democratic leaders had begun to cool on Schweitzer as a prospect due to recent revelations of his connections to a political nonprofit while in office, Politico reports. But Schweitzer says that didn't sway his decision. "I don't want a job where I have to wear a suit, and my dog isn't welcome," he says.

Either way, the loss of his candidacy makes the Montana seat a possible pickup for the GOP, which would put it one vote closer to controlling the Senate. Potential Democratic replacements for Schweitzer include public schools superintendent Denise Juneau, insurance commissioner Monica Lindeen, and the president of Emily’s List, Stephanie Schriock, reports Politico. Former state Senator Corey Stapleton and current state Rep. Champ Edmunds are already planning on running for the GOP, but, the AP reports, party leaders are hoping US Rep. Steve Daines and former Governor Marc Racicot will also throw their hats in the ring.

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Jul 14, 2013 12:04 PM CDT
After watching our politicians for the last fifty years, we need to rename the two gangs. From this day forward the democrats will be called dumb and the replubicians will be called dumber. This will clarify the way they think and vote, or at least and excuse.
Jul 14, 2013 7:52 AM CDT
The Democrats just need a body to run. Most of the G.O.P. has to report to the tea party or risk being penalized. If your party has to ask another party what to think then the time has come to say goodbye.
Jul 13, 2013 9:40 PM CDT