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Democrats Eye Baucus Aide for House Seat #MTAL
Posted at 6:03 p.m. on July 17, 2013
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.
If Daines runs, Democrats could see opportunity in the Big Sky state’s sole House seat.
Lewis’ meeting with Israel lasted “almost an hour,” according to a Montana source close to Lewis. Lewis also met with five other members of Congress, but the source declined to give names.
Lewis has worked for Baucus for over a decade, serving in the senator’s Washington, D.C., office and currently in the state.
Lewis has also been mentioned by Democrats as a possible candidate for Baucus’ Senate seat, according to a local report.