Champ Edmunds, a relatively unknown Montana legislator (R-Missoula) is reportedly announcing his run for vulnerable US Senator Max Baucus’s seat at 12:30 pm on Thursday, February 28. Just two days after his blast motion on HB 480, a bill to increase Montana’s incentives to attract movie and television businesses, failed due to a lack of support from Republicans, Edmunds apparently feels confident enough to launch his US Senate campaign. A no-confidence vote from his own party isn’t a great message for Champ.
Earlier this month, Edmunds sent a letter to his supporters
begging for soliciting donations. In the message, he blasted “establishment Republicans”- presumably GOP opponent Corey Stapleton, former State Senate Minority Leader. Apparently Champ is campaigning as the Ken Miller in this race, running to the right of Stapleton. This is an effective strategy in Montana’s statewide races- to elect Democrats. If Edmunds hasn’t noticed, there aren’t many Republicans holding elected state office in Montana outside of the legislature.
Edmunds’ “conservative across the board” rhetoric may rally the dwindling base of tea people, but moderate Republicans, independents and Democrats opposed to Max Baucus will likely be repelled. I predict fundraising struggles in Champ’s future. Karl Rove won’t likely be throwing him cash. From his Feb 8, 2013 letter:
You may have read that Karl Rove is trying to suppress grass roots conservatives in the next election cycle. But there’s good news! Here in Montana, we have a choice between a party establishment-backed candidate, and an authentic conservative.
While “authentic conservative” Edmunds isn’t likely to offer much competition to either six-term Democrat incumbent Max Baucus or to “party establishment-backed candidate” (what?) Corey Stapleton, his goofiness and tea-approved social views will surely add entertainment to the campaign. A liberal blog already called him the “Craziest Candiate (so far) of the 2014 Election Cycle”. Support from the embattled racist chairperson of the Yellowstone County GOP/Montana Shrugged, Tea Party Patriots co-founder, Jennifer Olsen is likely.
Gasp! Guess I should have read it....
Suddenly, that infamous bill Baucus wrote yet did not read isn’t quite what he thought it was. After over a year of avoiding all encounters with angry Montanans prior to passing sweeping and unpopular health care reforms, Max now says:
“I have heard small businesses loud and clear and I am responding to their concerns. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy in my home state of Montana and across the country, and they need to focus their efforts on creating good-paying jobs – not filing paperwork. I have fought hard for small businesses and worked hard this year to pass a Small Business Jobs bill that improves access to capital, stimulates investment and promotes entrepreneurship. It’s my job to work for small business owners in Montana and across the country and that’s exactly what this bill will do.”
Baucus seeks to strip The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act‘s (PPACA)cumbersome requirement that all businesses report payments to and purchases from any business totaling more than $600 in a calendar year. Some 40 million Americans were potentially subject to the requirement, including 26 million sole proprietorships. Wherever will the democrats steal the money to fill the gaping hole surely to be left by removing this provision?
Apparently Max is again looking out for Max. Montana shifted considerably to the right in the mid-term elections and Max knows we blame him for Obamacare. Way to make an effort, Max. Perhaps if you would have read the bill in the first place or, GOD FORBID, held town halls and listening sessions in Montana instead of hiding cowardly beneath your DC desk with your chubby buddy Jon Tester, you would already have known how much people hated this horrible law. How much money would we have saved- or allow me to present this in a more liberal-friendly way- how many trees’ lives could be spared by eliminating this provision from the bill initially? Better yet, by never enacting any of it in the first place? Perhaps Max’s constituents would have preferred he propose enabling insurance companies to sell across state lines and some sweeping TORT reform instead of this monstrosity.
Way too little, way too late, Max. I am still planning a hell of a retirement party for ya in 2014.