He has made it official. He is coming back at long last, and Montanans, after 20 years of waiting and longing, will all be rejoicing in his triumphant and glorious return.
Except that nobody seems to have ever heard of him. And that’s because he wasn’t really here to begin with.
Yesterday, a guy named William Mutch sent out a long e-mail proudly declaring that he is “coming back” from Colorado to run Ken Miller’s campaign for governor. (The email can be viewed below the fold.)
Mutch, from what I can gather, is a long-time corporate lobbyist for realtors, bankers and CEOs, and is from Denver, where he has spent a career lobbying the Colorado legislature seeking corporate tax breaks for his clients.
Ah, but apparently he once lived in Montana, when he went to UM. He’ll fit Miller’s campaign like a glove then, because like Miller, he’ll go out of his way to act like he’s from Montana, even though he’s from Colorado.
“It has been incredible,” Mutch writes in his email,” to be back in my native home after building my career in Montana, Colorado, and Washington DC.” (The Montana portion of his career appears to have been an internship during college, or something of the sort).
He then goes on to describe all of his ancestors who were in Montana at one time including “grandma Anderson from White Sulfur Springs”
He then went on what the Colorado Statesman describes as a “two year hiatus” before reemerging now as Ken Miller’s campaign.
Colorado seems to be something of a breeding ground for Montana GOP operatives. Dick Waddhams, came up from Colorado to run Corndog Burns’ 2000 race, then went back down and became chair of the state party until the TEA Party ousted him; Jason Theilman, Steve Daines’ campaign boss, spent a few years there working on races; and now Mutch.
Interesting though that Miller, a native Coloradan who came up to Montana as an adult and now spends his days complaining about how you can’t find a job in Montana, chose to go out of state for a campaign manager, doubling down on his Colorado connections. But Mutch is making the wrong move acting like he’s a homesteader. That act is wearing thin.
After more than fifteen years of political campaign, Congressional staff, and lobbying experience, I have returned to Montana to lead our team for Montana Governor.
It has been incredible to be able to be back home in my native state after building my career in Montana, Colorado and Washington, D.C. If you count our family history beginning with my Grandmother Anderson (who was related to one of Montana’s first territorial Governors) we count five-generations of Montana history with roots in White Sulphur Springs, Butte, Billings, Missoula, and Polson. I’m extremely grateful for the experience I have gained and for the opportunity to bring this background to Ken’s campaign.
In addition to getting to know Ken and wanting to help him build a winning team for this campaign, I also know Ken has what it takes to win. I have worked with a number of candidates and elected officials and I have never seen anything to compare with the strength of the Miller for Governor campaign.
The enthusiasm of the grassroots effort for Ken is simply off-the-charts. Usually, when we are nearly a year away from Election Day, the grassroots is still being built and organized and campaigns are actively looking for volunteers.
That is not the case with Ken Miller.
When I joined a few weeks ago, the amount of statewide travel, number of public and campaign events, organization of the volunteer base and county coordinators had become a full-time job by themselves. Now, we are working to integrate the strong grassroots effort that is already thriving around Montana with polling/research, key endorsements, and an increased focus on fundraising and voter targeting.
What we have already learned is that Ken’s biographical profile is heavily favored by Montana voters. Ken’s background as a grassroots conservative, family farmer and small businessman, and someone who has spent time focusing on Montana government as a state legislator and state leader is the profile Montana voters are looking for.
Add that with the support from conservatives who are outraged with out-of-control spending, independents, and conservative Democrats who have decided the time is now to bring Montana’s economy back and re-create the good paying jobs Montanans used to enjoy, and Ken has a winning coalition to carry him through the primary and into a general election victory.
Ken has said many times thatMontana is a “filthy rich” Treasure State with the potential to be an economic powerhouse. As such, Montanans are ready for a man in the Governor’s office who will truly change the way business is done in Montana and who has the backbone to say no to “business-as-usual” and chart a new direction for our state.
I find this race extremely exciting. It is very rare to work with a candidate who is as dedicated, works as hard, and has as clear a vision to the task at hand. Ken Miller is certainly focused and understands what it takes to win a statewide campaign. I also think of Ken’s early career as a rodeo bull rider and the courage it must take to ride into the ring and the accompanying thrill of accomplishment when the ride is finished. That is the kind of guy we need to stand up and say NO to the radical forces that have taken Montana from a state with good paying jobs to one of the lowest per capita income states in the nation.
History has taught us that major leadership events come about as a result of the right man at the right time. With the grassroots gravitating toward our campaign and Ken’s message, the current economic situation in Montana and the nation, and the recent trend of grassroots conservatives prevailing against establishment moderate candidates around the country, Ken is the right man at the right time for Montana.
Montana is ready for a man who understands the state so well that he was originally elected to the legislature from a Democratic stronghold district because of the strength of his character, vision, and simple hard work.
I hope YOU will join me in carrying the messageto your friends, colleagues, and networks that the Millerteam CAN WIN this election. Since Ken has never before held statewide office, we are going to be working hard to continue introducing Ken to the voters. What we have found is that once people learn about Ken and his platform for Montana, they like Ken and they also support his program.
When you contribute to the campaign, forward this email, introduce a friend to Ken, or just let people know that the current environment strongly favors Ken and our campaign, you are doing a lot to move this campaign forward to ensure Ken can win the Republican primary next June.
Thank you for all you do and for supporting Miller for Governor.