More Democrats decline running for Montana's open Senate seat

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August 15, 2013


By Tyler King

HELENA, Montana: Former Representative Pat Williams is latest in a long string of Montana Democrats to pass on the open seat left by the retirement of Senator Max Baucus (D). Williams served nine terms in Congress before leaving in 1997. Though he has remained out of the political scene since then, he said he did give the bid some serious thought before deciding it wasn't for him. He said, "After I thought about it awhile, I actually felt an obligation to give it some genuine thought," he told the Missoulian on Monday. "I had an obligation to progressive policy, to Montana and to the institution of Congress, which I still respect, even though the Congress has fallen on hard times."[1]

Recent figures to decline the election bid also include Montana state schools superintendent Denise Juneau, Emily's List president Stephanie Schriock and former Governor Brian Schweitzer. From the GOP, aspirants towards the seat include former State Senator Corey Stapleton, State Representative Champ Edmunds and Freshman Representative Steve Daines.[1][2][3]

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