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Gopher not running for Congress; she sets eye on Senate in 2014

2012-03-14T00:00:00Z Gopher not running for Congress; she sets eye on Senate in 2014IR State Bureau Helena Independent Record
March 14, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Democrat Melinda Gopher of Missoula said she decided not to run for the U.S. House this year and will focus instead on a 2014 primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.

“I feel this will be a big effort, and I am dedicating my efforts for the next three years to that goal,” Gopher said.

Gopher, a writer and Native American activist, placed third in the four-way 2010 Democratic primary for the U.S. House.

In a statement Monday night, Gopher said she has not had the support from the “party powers that be,” but she expects that to change.

“I symbolize needed reform in the party’s ideology, to that end, along with other reform- minded leaders, we are the future of the state party,” she said.

Gopher predicted 2014 will be a major turning point for the state Democratic Party.

“It will be wise for Sen. Baucus to pass the torch to a younger generation and retire,” she said.

“If he fights it out, I promise an epic battle in the political take-down of a senator who epitomizes everything that is wrong with our government.”

In response, Baucus’ spokesman Kate Downen said, "Max works hard for Montana every day and will keep doing just that— which includes running for office in 2014 and continuing to fight for Montana’s working families.”

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  1. Woozel
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    Woozel - March 14, 2012 4:21 pm
    Given Max's tenure in Washington, I think Max has lost touch with Montana and his constituents. Factoring the events of 2010 (such as getting ObamaCare shoved down our throats) and the negative sentiment of the Montana voters, had Max been up for re-election, he would have probably lost by a large margin
    Sadly special interests control politics, especially in Washington and a house cleaning is definitely needed. Any one rememebr when they introduced Former Gov. Marc Racicot at a Carroll College basketball halftime a few years ago? The lack of applause for Marc was obvious with a "Get Real" message for out-of-touch Montana politicians. Lastly, Democrats are no longer interested in improving America, they're only interested in the votes and the POWER. Honestly, when you have the U.S. AJ challenging a state's mandate that would require a voter to produce valid ID they are a citizen of the United States. Let's see, you need to produce valid ID to establish a bank account, purchase tobacco, purchase alcohol and drive (except in California where we give special treatment to illegal aliens and allow them to drive without driver's licenses and insurance coverage. Never mind the fact they broke the law coming here illegally). That said, it's obvious the Democrats are solely interested in votes to retain and increase their POWER and advance their agenda. I know the current political focus is the presidential primaries however, my call to 2012 voters is ABBO (Anyone But Barack Obama)in 2012 and ABMB (Anyone But Max Baucus) in 2014

    Good Luck Melinda in 2014.
  2. steeline
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    steeline - March 14, 2012 11:30 am
    Being a disinfranchised "conservative Democrat", ya know "ask not what your country can do for you" and "I want small but efficient government" Kennedy type, this lady sounds like she has some spunk and ideas. I will be looking forward to hear more about her ideas. We have to take America back and take her back now.
  3. shawnwhitewolf
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    shawnwhitewolf - March 14, 2012 6:28 am
    Glad I am not the only one disappointed in Democrat leadership this year. Good luck Melinda in 2014.

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