‘Tis the season for Christmas cards, full of seasons greetings, prayers and wishes for Christmas and the coming year, photos of families and paintings of snowy landscapes and holly trees and Santa and….political updates? about a potential campaign that the sender of the card might be contemplating?
Denny Grinchberg, perhaps having had one too many cups of eggnog (or just nog), sent out a Christmas card yesterday which reads (paraphrasing) “I’m still weighing my options for a run for something other than Congress in 2012, and p.s. merry christmas from my wife and family.” It is simply a bizarre greeting card from a politician, wildly inapprpriate and tasteless, almost to the point that it looks like a gag.
But it’s not, and it’s certainly not making Steve Daines or Rick Hill laugh. Daines is the wealthy Bozemanite who has declared he is running for U.S. Senate, and Rehberg’s Christmas greeting is a lump of coal in Daines’s stocking, because will likely have to bow out if Denny takes the Senate plunge. Hill, of course, is the once-upon-a-time-philanderer/impeachment voter and Helena landlord who has alrady served in Congress, but wants to be Governor and is trying to get the Repubican establishment behind him. In a guberntorial primary, Rehberg would preempt him as well.
If Hill and Daines were raising money before, they ain’t raising it no more, not until Rehberg follows up his Grinchy card with a definitive announcement saying what he intends to do. It’s hard to imagine that Rehberg would do this if he hadn’t already decided to run for something other than the House in 2012. But who knows.