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.
MONTaliban member Rep. James Knox, Rep. Champ Edmunds, and an unidentified third person were recently seen at a meeting with PSC Chair Bill Gallagher and PSC Vice Chair Brad Molnar. At this meeting, “I cannot recall selling marijuana” Knox and Edmunds were reportedly asked to run for Public Service Commission in 2012. * interesting note, newly elected Republican PSC member Travis Kavulla was apparently not present.
This presents some perplexing questions… 1. Are they crazy? 2. Are they simply trying to get them out of the legislature? 3. Are they crazy?
It isn’t known for certain if they do indeed plan to run, although a Republican legislative staffer was reportedly asked by Knox if she’d run his PSC campaign. Word on the street is that she politely declined.
Maybe Molnar and Gallagher had not yet seen this, this, this, this, this, this, or this. And those are only the links I could recall off-hand.
From Intelligent Discontent:
I suspect there are certain things no one forgets, among them:
- the nervous feeling on your first date.
- graduating from high school.
- your marriage and birth of your children.
- whether or not you’ve ever been a drug dealer.
Haha! I love it. Poor James Knox.
According to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Montana is home to 2 out of 20 key legislative races in the nation. The DLCC announced its “Essential Races” Program in late September along with a list containing the first of the races they felt were most important throughout the nation. Out of the more than 6000 races nationwide this November 2nd, Democrats will have eventually have chosen a total of 50 critical races that they plan to augment by grassroots initiative.
Democrats Augmenting Races With Grassroots Initiative
HD 100 (Willis Curdy (D) and Champ Edmunds (R)- while widely endorsed by the ultra-liberals in Missoula County, Curdy hasn’t made his stances clear. He refused to respond to the non-partisan Project Vote Smart Political Courage Test and his website lists only vague information in broad categories. For instance, he believes we need high-paying jobs, good education, and protection from property tax increases. The National Rifle Association Victory Fund graded Mr. Curdy a “C-“.
Republican Champ Edmunds, if elected, plans to enact “a moratorium on frivolous lawsuits put forth by radical environmental groups that stop progress and kill jobs”. His website lists specific plans to combat the challenges our state faces today. He scored a 100% on Project Vote Smart’s Political Courage Test- his views on issues can be found here.
As for the other race targeted, Montana Senate District 25 (Roy Brown v Kendall Van Dyk) we’ve covered it thoroughly in prior posts here and here. We simply wanted to explain why it was so important to us…. the democrats believe it is a critical race and we agree with them.