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May 6, 2014

Candidate’s Wife Stars in New TV Ad in Montana Race

Former Montana Senate Minority Leader Corey Stapleton went on the air with a new advertisement that follows a recent trend in campaign television spots: Having a family member make the case.

Stapleton’s wife, Terry, touts his biography in the positive spot.

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February 14, 2014

Governor to Reid: ‘None of Your Damn Business’ Whom I Appoint to Senate

Governor to Reid: None of Your Damn Business Whom I Appoint to Senate

Walsh was sworn into the Senate on Feb. 11. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to mind his own “damn business” when the Nevada Democrat phoned him last year in an effort to influence his appointment to succeed Max Baucus in the Senate.

According to an account in the Helena Independent Record, Bullock told Montana reporters about his terse words with Reid. The phone call occurred before the administration’s announcement that Baucus would be nominated to be ambassador to China.

The Nevada Democrat had a big stake in the electability of Bullock’s pick. Reid’s party can lose no more than five Senate races to maintain his majority leader status, and the open-seat contest in Montana is one of the GOP’s top pickup opportunities in November. Full story

December 4, 2013

Montana Triumvirate Backs Former Hill Staffer for House Seat

Montana’s top three statewide officials endorsed former Capitol Hill staffer John Lewis’ bid for the at-large district.

“John has traveled to every corner of our state as a problem-solver and a listener, and he knows it better than anyone I know. He will serve the people of Montana well,” said Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock in a joint statement released on Wednesday. Full story

September 27, 2013

Obama Campaign Manager Fundraises for House Candidate

Obama Campaign Manager Fundraises for House Candidate

Messina is a former deputy chief of staff in the White House. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager will help his former colleague, John Lewis, a Democrat who faces a tough challenge in the at-large House seat race in Montana.

Jim Messina sent a fundraising email to boost Lewis, who worked with him in the office of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.

“And as someone personally invested in the progress and success of Big Sky Country, I know he’s the right person to represent this great state in Congress,” Messina wrote on Thursday.

A veteran operative in Montana, Messina served as chief of staff to Baucus before he joined Obama’s operation. Baucus will retire after this Congress, creating a domino effect in Big Sky State politics. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., will likely run for Baucus’ Senate seat in 2014, leaving a wide-open race for the state’s only House seat. Full story

August 26, 2013

Former Baucus Staffer Readies House Campaign

John Lewis, a former staffer to retiring Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is moving closer to a run for Congress.

Lewis filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission on Aug. 22.

“He’s going to announce a campaign for the House seat,” a national Democratic operative said. “I would expect a formal launch in the next couple of weeks.”

CQ Roll Call reported in July that Lewis met with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“John is moving forward because we need more bridge-builders in Congress,” Lewis spokesman Aaron Murphy said in a written statement. “Montanans are asking John to be a candidate because we need more independent-minded public servants committed to good-paying jobs and working together to find solutions — like looking after our families and neighbors, and living within our means.”

If Lewis follows through, it is uncertain who his opponent will be. An open-seat race could be in the cards. The seat’s current occupant, Republican Rep. Steve Daines, is currently mulling a run for Senate to replace Lewis’ old boss.

For now, the race is rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report.

August 12, 2013

Reid: West Virginia Democratic Recruit to Announce ‘Shortly’ #WVSEN

Reid: West Virginia Democratic Recruit to Announce Shortly #WVSEN

Reid assessed his party's recruitment status in a recent interview. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After eight months of searching, have Senate Democrats finally found a recruit in West Virginia? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yes in a recent interview.

“I think we’re going to be very competitive in — in West Virginia, we have a candidate there who should be announcing shortly,” the Nevada Democrat told a local PBS affiliate about the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Reid did not divulge the Democrat’s name during the interview on “Nevada Week in Review.” Several Democrats have passed on the race, and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant remains as the only prominent recruit who has not declined to run yet. Full story

July 17, 2013

Democrats Eye Baucus Aide for House Seat #MTAL

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is eyeing Sen. Max Baucus’ state director to run for Montana’s at-large seat.

John Lewis, a top aide to the Montana Democrat, has met with DCCC Chairman Steve Israel to discuss a campaign, according to two Democratic sources.

Baucus is retiring, and the at-large seat’s current member, GOP Rep. Steve Daines, is seriously thinking about running for his Senate seat. The House race is currently rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Full story

May 2, 2013

EMILY’s List President Considering Senate Campaign in Montana #MTSEN

EMILYs List President Considering Senate Campaign in Montana #MTSEN

Schriock is the president of EMILY's List. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock has confirmed she is considering a bid for Montana’s newly open Senate seat in 2014.

Since Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., announced his retirement plans last week, Schriock has mostly kept quiet about the race — until she spoke with reporters at a Thursday event for EMILY’s List. Full story

March 4, 2013

Montana: State Democrats’ Dinner Features Franken, Messina

Montana: State Democrats’ Dinner Features Franken, Messina

Franken will speak at a Montana Democratic Party dinner Saturday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina will headline the Montana Democratic Party’s Mansfield-Metcalf dinner Saturday.

Messina is a former campaign manager and chief of staff to Montana Sen. Max Baucus, who is running for re-election in 2014 and has already drawn two GOP challengers. Franken, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and actor, is also running next year, though no major Republican opponent has yet to step forward.

Baucus, Sen. Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock will also address attendees at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds. Other speakers include Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and Nancy Keenan, the former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America and a former congressional candidate in Montana.

July 3, 2012

Montana: Democrats Go Up With New Ad Against Denny Rehberg

The Montana Democratic Party has released a new television ad accusing Rep. Denny Rehberg of voting for lower tax rates for the wealthy.

Rehberg is challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D) in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

Full story

April 6, 2012

Montana: Jon Tester Launches Two More TV Ads

Sen. Jon Tester’s campaign has launched two more positive TV ads in Montana to boost the Democrat’s first bid for re-election.

The 30-second ads, which the campaign said it spent about $60,000 on, will begin airing statewide this weekend. Both focus on Tester’s efforts to support military veterans.

Full story

January 30, 2012

Montana: GOP Poll Shows Denny Rehberg With Double-Digit Lead

Montana: GOP Poll Shows Denny Rehberg With Double Digit Lead

Rep. Denny Rehberg (right) is one of 11 House Members running for Senate this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans are touting a new poll in the Montana Senate race that shows Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) with an 11-point lead over Sen. Jon Tester (D).

Rehberg led Tester, 53 percent to 42 percent, according to a survey paid for by the conservative group American Crossroads and obtained exclusively by Roll Call. Full story

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