Congratulations are in order to Kim Gillan and Pam Bucy who have won their respective primaries for Congress and Attorney General.
But that’s not the only good news.
Republicans have nominated Brad Johnson for Secretary of State. Johnson has battled alcoholism for many years, has had a few DUIs, and has been in and out of rehab recently (in 2008, he even campaigned from a rehab facility toward the end of the SOS race last time). Notably, in the article reporting on his announcement for office, he was unable to state a single reason why the current SOS, Linda McCulloch, should be replaced. Not a good start. He also says that he currently works as a “consultant”, although it is unclear who, if anyone, is paying him for his consultations. The nomination of such a weak candidate is good news for Democrats and for all those who don’t believe in the voter suppression tactics frequently championed by Republicans.
In the legislative races, congratulations to Helena’s Jenny Eck, who defeated two primary opponents for the open seat left when Mike Menahan decided not to run. Here are a few other interesting legislative results:
Incumbents Taken Out
Incumbents are difficult to defeat and are rarely taken out. It’s a lot easier when that incumbent becomes a laughing stock on national television. DUI promoter Alan Hale was taken out by primary opponent Kirk Wagoner 863 to 813. Birther Bob Wagner was defeated by Ray Shaw in Madison County 1040-991.
In Park City, nutjob TEA Party hatemonger David Howard somehow surpassed his two primary challengers by a wide margin.
In Sanders County, TEA Partier Jennifer Fielder (here’s her flyer) defeated the saner Rick Seeman. Feilder seems to have focused her campaign on the fact that her opposent was at one time employed by the government. GOPers have also nominated the legislature’s largest recipient of government funds, TEA Partier Janna Taylor, over Republican Carmine Mowbray for Senate District 6.
More Good News for Democrats
Brad Johnson isn’t the only good news for Dems. In the Laurel House races, supernatural scholar Sarah Laszloffy defeated main streat Republican Debra Bonogofsky, giving an edge to Democratic candidate Sean Whiting for that seat.
Corporate Money Wins
A secret list of corporations succeeded in electing State Senate TEA Party candidate Dee Brown over Republican Bill Beck in the Flathead. The corporations behind the so-called American Traditions Partnership are fighting Montana’s clean election laws in the U.S. Supreme Court. Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock is defending Montana against ATP in that case. Meanwhile, another corporate front group with secret donors has purchased the Montana Supreme Court race for $41,000. TEA Party Republican Jason Priest’s shadow group succeeded in advancing right-winger Laurie McKinnon over Elizabeth Best.
I’m interesting in hearing your thoughts on the primaries and your takes on other races I didn’t get to here. Please consider this a primary election open forum.