A Montana Republican is in the Lee Newspapers this week saying he’s running to be “a stabilizing influence” on the Public Service Commission. If that’s true, he appears to be running in the wrong district.
Montana state legislator Bob Lake, R-Hamilton, announced he’s running for Public Service Commissioner against Democratic incumbent Gail Gutsche. The position comes with a fat paycheck of $94,500 per year.
Lake said he believes he can bring “a stabilizing influence” on the five-member PSC, which has drawn negative headlines this past year because of some feuding and personal attacks among members.
Lake didn’t come out an mention any of the antics of embattled GOP Commissioners Brad Molnar and Bill Gallagher, but did add:
“I don’t want to accuse the current members of anything,”
If Lake really believes he can be such a stabilizer, he’s running in the wrong seat. Gail Gutche has proven her ability to work across the aisle and is probably the best PSC Commissioner we have. The way to oust the destabilizing forces would be to primary Molnar or Gallagher.
One also has to wonder why Bob Lake didn’t bring these stabilizing talents to the Montana legislature. I mean, if he’s got such mad skillz they could have been employed to stop the TEA Party Caucus from seizing control from GOP leadership. Instead, Lake and his colleagues allowed the TEA Party to shift the focus of the entire session to time-wasting garbage bills like the gold standard, the Code of the West, and the birther bill.