The Unemployment rate for Montana was announced today to be 4.1%. That’s the lowest in eight years, and substantially lower than when Steve Bullock was sworn in.
This is good news for everyone except a small few. The uber-wealthy Greg Gianforte, considering a run for Governor, is essentially in a waiting mode, sitting tight to see if something in the economic picture changes in the next four or five months. If it doesn’t, he probably will walk away. You can’t beat a governor whose state has moved into a position of having one of the lowest unemployment rates in America (11th). Although that will leave the GOP in a tough spot since Gianforte is now clearing out the field.
If you want to see an example of how flummoxed the Republicans are by this economic news, of how frozen in their tracks they are in terms of not being able to get any traction, see the tweet of the party’s top operative, Chris Shipp, yesterday. In reaction to the news of the unemployment number, Shipp tweeted his outrage that….(wait for it)….Steve Bullock is running in the Boston Marathon.
My bet is that when it’s all said and done, Gianforte takes a pass. But if he doesn’t, if he jumps in and runs against Bullock, he can feel secure in the persuasive value of the rhetoric and messaging coming from the GOP.