Montana Governor, Steve Bullock, had high hopes to become the next U.S. president but withdrew from the race in December after receiving little support from Democrat leadership across the country. Bolstered by his claims to “work across the aisle,” mostly made feasible by the left-leaning Solutions Caucus of Republicans who regularly side with Democrats on important bills, Bullock was sure his Montana resume’ would prepare him for the highest seat in the land. He was wrong, but national Democrat leaders want to offer Bullock a consolation prize…the U.S. Senate.
According to reports, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with Bullock in Montana last weekend to beg him to run for the open Senate seat. With two weeks left to file, Democrats are scrambling to find an opponent who can feasibly challenge Republican, Steve Daines.
Bullock continues to say that he’s not interested in the consolation opportunity, but meeting in person with Schumer raises more than a few eyebrows among politcons who see it as a sign he’s preparing to run. Certainly, Schumer didn’t come out to Montana for the scenery. Election season is virtually the only time Washington D.C. Democrats visit the Big Sky State.
With a 53-47 majority, Republicans have a thin margin and Senate Democrat leadership think it can be widdled down even more. Montana Democrats are rightfully skeptical that if Bernie Sanders is the Democratic presidential nominee it will probably not help the down-ballot, making every candidate on the Democratic ticket pessimistic of winning in a state that is enthusiastically in favor of President Trump.