In an email to supporters on September 9th, in which he talked about “starting to feel the chill of fall in the air” and questioned “Where did summer go?,” former Congressman Rick Hill said “In the coming weeks you’ll see my campaign name a running mate.” The entire email is posted below the fold.
That was over ten weeks ago.
Where’s the Lt. Gov? What’s the problem?
Cowgirl tipsters say that Hill’s having trouble getting someone to agree to be his #2. Word on the street is that Yellowstone County Commissioner John Ostlund met with former Congressman Hill and rumor has it turned him down. The gossip also says Hill supposedly had similar conversations with many state legislators, including: Sens. Jon Sonju and Bruce Tutvedt, Speaker Mike Milburn and Rep. Scott Reichner.
There could be several reasons why he’s running into problems. It’s possible that Congressman Rehberg and his team, who are lined up behind another candidate, stopping potential candidates from signing on. It could also be that no one wants to jump on with a candidate with a sordid history of political scandals and high unfavorability ratings. The lack of an LG could mean that the party establishment and state legislators beginning to agree that this guy is unelectable, or that they know of another scandal about to drop that the rest of us don’t know about.
Regardless, it’s clear Hill wishes he had someone–anyone by now.
Rick Hill’s Email:
Taking the next steps
Where did summer go? School’s in full swing, football’s taken over the weekends, and we’re starting to feel the chill of fall in the air. September has always been a transition month, and in politics it’s traditionally been a month when the campaigning begins in earnest.
Though I’ve been on the road full time for months now, we’re in the process of ramping up our campaign and expanding our effort. In the coming weeks you’ll see my campaign name a running mate, bring on additional campaign staff, and roll out new policy proposals to address all the problems we’ve identified and studied in the past few months.
I’m stepping up my effort—will you do the same?
This month, I’m asking all my supporters to do something that symbolizes our goal of victory in November 2012. I’m asking you to contribute $20.12.
I know these type of emails usually ask for contributions in round-numbers, but this ask isn’t just for a contribution of money. Your contribution of $20.12 also represents your commitment to seeing a Republican elected governor in Montana next year. We haven’t had a Republican governor in Helena in nearly eight years, and look at the results: higher taxes, a huge expansion in government, high unemployment, and failing schools. We simply cannot afford to keep going down this same road.
Fortunately, we couldn’t ask for a better contrast in this race. I got the Otter Creek project rolling; their guy tried to kill it. I oversaw a dramatic reduction in bureaucratic costs to employers in Montana; their guy has directly contributed to making our economic climate worse. As a member of Congress I protected the rights of Montanans; their guy has repeatedly shirked his duty as Attorney General to stand up for Montanans against federal overreach on issues like Obamacare and the NLRB.
We’re going to have many opportunities over the next several months to fully discuss these stark differences. You can help me start that communication with Montana voters by contributing $20.12 today.
The more I visit with people around Montana, the more energized I get. We have so much potential for greatness, but for a number of reasons we’ve fallen short. But these are problems we can fix, and by doing so we’re going to leave a better Montana for our kids.
Thanks in advance,