It looks like Montana TEA Party Sen. Art Wittich (R-Gallatin) is up to no good again. Wittich appears to be waiting until the last minute to choose the easiest seat to run in. But, presumably in order to start raising money in the meantime, he’s filed for a seat he’s not permitted to run in–a seat held by an existing Senator who is not up for re-election.
Wittich [pronounced WITT-ick(!!)] filed paper work with the Commissioner of Political Practices saying he intends to run for SD35, which is Sen. Scott Sales’ “holdover district.” Sales is not up for re-election. He can’t run for a seat that a sitting Senator holds.
Montana Office of Political practices has been notified, and Cowgirl tipsters report that the OPP have asked Wittich to correct the filing–but he apparently won’t return calls.
Wittich is widely expected to run in SD 34, the new Belgrade senate seat, in a GOP primary against Bruce Grubbs, who was recruited by main street Republican Sen. Llew Jones (R-Conrad). He could also run in SD32 for the 2014 cycle, but with democratic favorite Franke Wilmer in that seat, he likely won’t go anywhere near it.
Tea Party leader Art Wittich has been out on the stump. He’s hoping to draw out some ire for what he called “adjective Republicans”–people who care more about jobs and economic development then brown shirt TEA Party ideology–New World Order conspiracy theories, Chick-fil-A, ending “fiat” currency in favor of gold and silver, and denying health care to the working poor.