Politico now calls Montana’s 2012 gubernatorial race as one of the top two most competitive governors’ races in the nation, citing Rick Hill’s personal problems, and the likely entry of AG Steve Bullock, as the reasons.
Amusingly, Hill is quoted in the Politico story as saying that his sordid affair with a barmaid that was documented in the press, and his abusive behavior toward his ex-wife that she spoke publicly about, are “anonymous attacks from thirty years ago” and can all be chalked up to “Democratic dirty tricks.”
The Politico rating might sound like inside baseball, but it will probably have consequences within the primary. At some point, the other candidates will start talking publicly about the trash they have so far been only circulating anonymously via surrogates. And at least one candidate has several million dollars of personal dough he can dump into the race at the blink of an eye.
The story could embolden the field generally, dislodging candidates like Stapleton or Miller, of Billings and Laurel respectively, from a status of lieutenant-governor-hopefuls to full on candidates.
At a minimum, it looks like we’ll have something fun to talk about over the summer.
Wikipedia has temporarily blocked edits to its Rick Hill article after someone inside the campaign tried to erase references to some particularly-controversial Rick Hill scandals.
Early last week, the user cdenowh, who presumably is Rick Hill’s campaign operative Chuck Denowh, was banned from editing Rick Hill’s article on the “free encyclopedia anyone can edit” after a series of biased postings–and relentless whitewashes.
The shutdown warning cited a problem with bias, saying that:
A major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject. It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia’s content policies, particularly neutral point of view.
Hill’s campaign had attempted to remove the portion of the page that currently reads:
When he was running for re-election in 2000 shortly before Hill dropped out of the race citing eye-sight problems, it was reported in the New York Times that Hill had attacked his opponent, Chief State Schools Officer Nancy Keenan, for “lacking an understanding of family values” because “she has no children of her own.” Keenan responded she had a hysterectomy after cancer as a young woman. 
The campaign was also frantic to remove information about the details surrounding Hill’s extramarital affair with a cocktail waitress, which have recently resurfaced in a series of emails from religious conservatives. Before the Rick Hill campaign’s edits, the page contained this information, (screenshot) which Hill’s campaign repeatedly removed.
The sources were listed here, but Hill’s campaign repeatedly removed both the language and the source material.
I’ve gotten some flack for being so hard on Republicans on this blog. Today for a change I’m offering them some help.
I thought I’d offer some helpful suggestions for the Rick campaign to help Hill differentiate himself from the pack of other Republicans, which now include Neil Livingstone, Keith Winkler, James O’Hara, Rick Hill, Corey Stapleton, Ken Miller, Ronald Lassle and Ron Vandevender. Even the GOP’s own hack polling indicates that in spite of having reported already blown through much of his campaign cash, the field is largely undefined, with 71% of voters undecided.
Here to help is a campaign poster and a list of relevant slogans he may find useful. Perhaps readers here will suggest a few others:
- A Rick Hill Administration: The Fish Rots from the Head
- Rick Hill: Bringing The Life Aquatic to Montana
- Emotional Abuse Doesn’t Count
- Celebrating Diversity with Cross Species Contact
- Family Values: Just for You, Not Me