No Date Yet for Rick Hill

I’m hearing that GOP front runner Rick Hill is striking out–left, right and center– in his search for a running-mate.

Word is that several notables have turned him down, perhaps worried about his baggage (meaning, his winkie getting dipped and sipped, at the sip and dip).

It’s unusual to see a guy leading so strongly in fundraising and yet having trouble finding a date to the dance.

Then again, its not like he’s got any urgency in the matter.  The eight dwarfs– meaning Essmann, Miller, Fanning, Livingstone, Turiano, Lynch, Stapleton, and whoever the eighth guy is-are not presenting much of a threat.

But if you ever have the opportunity to hang out in GOP circles (incognito, in my case) you will invariably hear a refrain that goes something like this: “Hill is not the right guy,” says the local GOP person, with his nose a little bit crinkled and a slight squint to his eyes. You hear it over and over again.

Which is all good news for Steve Bullock.


13 Comments on "No Date Yet for Rick Hill"

  1. Incognito in GOP circles? What, going to the bars in Helena? Or sneaking into church or something?
    The primary isn’t until June and filing isn’t until March 12 — is anyone paying attention? No…..

  2. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 13, 2011 1:46 PM at 1:46 PM |

    An old country preacher…

    ….had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing a profession. Like many young men his age, the boy didn’t really know what he wanted to do, and he didn’t seem too concerned about it. One day, while the boy was away at school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy’s room and placed on his study table four objects..

    1. A Bible…


    2. A silver dollar…


    3. A bottle of whiskey…


    4. And a Playboy magazine…


    ‘I’ll just hide behind the door,’ the old preacher said to himself. ‘When he comes home from school today, I’ll see which object he picks up.

    If it’s the Bible, he’s going to be a preacher like me, and what a
    blessing that would be!

    If he picks up the dollar, he’s going to be a business man, and that would be okay, too.

    But if he picks up the bottle, he’s going to be a no-good drunken bum, and Lord, what a shame that would be.

    And worst of all if he picks up that magazine he’s going to be a
    skirt-chasing womanizer.’

    The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son’s foot-steps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room.

    The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the objects on the table..

    With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them. Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. He picked up the silver dollar and dropped into his pocket. He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink, while he admired this month’s centerfold.

    ‘Lord have mercy,’ the old preacher disgustedly whispered.
    ‘He’s gonna run for Congress.’

    Lil Ricky and his winkie made me think of this old joke.

  3. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 13, 2011 8:08 PM at 8:08 PM |

    I’LL DO IT! Yesiree Bob! I’ll be ol’ Sip and Dip’s runnin’ pardner! And I’ve even got a campaign slogan for us. Yippers! Here it is.

    Vote for Sip and Dip and the Ranger. We Promise to Steal LESS Than the Other Guys!

    Like it? Me too. You see, I figure that I can put my ethics and morals on hold for our term in office and ENRICH the hell outta myself. And then, when we’re finished, I’ll go back to bein’ just an ordinary dogooder again. What the hell, it’s worth a shot. And ‘sides, I’m quite SURE that that is why ol’ Sip and Dipper is runnin’ ANYway. It’s his personal reTIREment plan! (and who knows? maybe he can “train” an intern or two too in the fine art of mermaidenship!)

  4. No Date Yet for Steve Bullock!

    After over 6 months of floating numerous names of running mates to the Democratic faithful around Montana as “the one” Bullock has still not been able to convice anyone to be his running mate.

    First it was Missoula mayor John Engen who turned him down. Even taking time to consider picking a liberal Missoula Democrat who brings nothing to the table as his running mate makes one question Bullock’s political savy.

    Bullock then assured some supporters it was Kendall Van Dyk while floating Denise Juneau’s name as “the one”. Apparently Montana’s old guard Democrats whispering that this is Rick Hill’s race to lose is making it difficult for Bullock to find a running mate willing to commit to him.

  5. Pogo – none of the names you purport to say have turned Bullock down are even credible. Bullock would never select Engen because he is from Missoula himself. He would never select Van Dyke as he is also an enviro like Bullock, and he would never select Juneau for several reasons, most of all Otter Creek. If you expect us to believe your claims, either provide some proof or at least put forward some halfway believable speculations.

  6. I receive my information from the same sources Cowgirl claims to you and who you are not questioning – political insiders. In my case though it comes from people on the Democratic Central Committees, in side Engen’s mayor’s office, long time Democratic donors who attend Bullock’s fundraisers, current political office holders and folks inside the capital.

    Speaking of Cowgirls sources, she either needs to find better insiders or quit spinning the facts. She is wrong on just about everything she has said about Hill’s LG pick and about his support within the party.

    • So Pogo-If I ask Taylor Brown whether he turned Rick Hill down, you are saying he will claim that he was never asked, and never turned Hill down?

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 15, 2011 10:37 AM at 10:37 AM |

        PuhLEEZE, please, PLEEEZE! pick ol’ tell’em-taylor-sencha BROWN! That would be HEElarious! You see, politics on the Pubbie side has now taken on the air of a job creation program for losers and has beens! Ol’ Cornhole Burns, taylor brown’s best buddy, went freakin’ BANKRUPT with his pard taylor. Hence, there was nothing left to do exCEPT go into politics! And viola! Next thing you know, ol’ Cornhole Burns is a millionaire! Jus like ol’ Jed Clampet!

        Come and listen to my tale bout a man named Burns,
        Dumb as dog doody and really quite a worm.
        But then one day whilst a’runin’ from his bills,
        The dumb ignoranus ends up on the Hill!

        Capitol that is. Lobbyists up the ying yang, and LOTS a money to be made by sleazy slugs.

        Well the first thing you know ol’ Corny’s a millionaire,
        Pimpin’ all his favors to the corporate billionaires,
        He’s rakin’ in the money just as fast as he can,
        Thankin’ his lucky stars he became a Republican!

  7. Cowgirl has proven to be fairly accurate. You have no record. So there is that.

  8. Mike Lange would be as good a choice as Rehberg was for Racicot. An alligator mouth and a pea sized brain.

  9. Bullock needs someone out of Eastern Montana.

  10. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 16, 2011 6:36 AM at 6:36 AM |

    Maybe if lil’ Ricky took The Pledge, more folks would be interested in RUNNING with him as lt. guv.!

    I, lil’ Ricky, pledge to NOT let my winkie do my thinkie as guv of the great state of Montana, and hereby pledge to wear my belt for my entire term in office!

    Hey, it’s worth a shot! You never know!

  11. Rick Hill is the political insider’s candidate, i.e. more of the same. If you want to get out from under the domination of the Fed. Gov, and the BLM, EPA, NWS, ATF, DEA, then Bob Fanning is your man. He strongly believes in the right of Montanans to look after Montana. The Fed. Gov.? Sorry, we don’t need you. We can handle our affairs by ourselves, thank you.

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