John Bohlinger said yesterday that if Walsh retires from the race, he would get in with a commitment of $10 million, the Bozeman Chronicle reported. That’s quite a demand.
There’s never a commitment of money until polling shows you in a close heat with your opponent, so there would be no promise of money from anywhere or anyone to Bohlinger until after he got in, and only then if he were competitive.
But Bohlinger does deserve a mention. He and Dirk Adams were the only other two people to slug it out in the democratic primary, and Bohlinger finished second. And there is something to be said for those who were willing to run from day one over those where not willing to step up to the plate in the beginning.
Bohlinger would bring some interesting things. He was once anti-choice but changed his position a decade ago. That would still mean he might appeal to a few voters that value someone with a right-of-center credential of this sort. He also brings the Schweitzer brand with him, or at least a little of it, which is valuable. And, he was a Republican who left the Republican party (or you could say he was kicked out) because they became too crazy. That again could be compelling story to use against Daines who as a part of the right wing.
Bohlinger is also from Billings, and was a businessman there for many years. And it was he who Harry Reid told to get out of the race and leave John Walsh alone. Perhaps he now has some claim to be the replacement candidate.