Skip to comments.McCain scrambles for Montana strategy (former Sen. Conrad Burns with McCain)
Posted on 02/04/2008 12:28:01 PM PST by moderate_conservative
HELENA - Republicans say John McCain now has a better chance in Montana's unique GOP caucus - open to only about 2,000 party volunteers and officeholders - after getting rid of a state chairman many in that group saw as a traitor.
McCain dumped Montana's maverick lieutenant governor recently in favor of former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, much more popular with GOP insiders despite losing his re-election bid in 2006 amid suspicions over connections to a Washington, D.C., lobbying scandal.
The move comes as McCain has spent time and money nailing down his conservative credentials in other states. In Montana, Burns is still loved by many conservative Republican insiders who will vote in Tuesday's caucus. * At stake are 25 Montana delegates granted to the caucus winner - more than McCain got with his South Carolina win.
McCain's first choice for Montana chairman, Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger, clearly was not a fit for the state's GOP caucus system, prompting the abrupt change late last month.
The GOP insiders who hold a vote in the winner-take-all caucus view Bohlinger as a turncoat for running with a Democratic governor.
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For those who think I am on the payroll of McCain. Good news for McCain: Conrad Burns.
Just as McCain is a turncoat.
And linked to Washington scandals, too.
why is McCain campaigning in the US? Surely, Mexico would make more sense, given that he has high level (”Mexico First!”) Mexican goverment officials in his senior adviser positions.
Why is McCain scrambling??? I thought he had this all wrapped up.
I lived in Montana for a number of years and would be surprised if the GOP caucus there went for McCain. Conrad Burns in those years was an inspiration...but like so many who go to DC for years, he ended up a disappointment and got the boot.
McCain doesn't have any conservative credentials. Saying such a thing and expecting anyone to believe it assumes we're all a bunch of idiots.
Did my eyes deceive me or was McCain campaigning in MA where Romney has a wide lead?
Like the rest of people jumping on the Straight Jacket Express they are jockeying for influence and/or a job. Looks like Burns has just bought a firt class ticket.
Maybe if they have had some executive experience or know what it is to work for a living, I could go with a senator, otherwise - NO!!!
These endorsements would carry more weight had they not waited till McCain was the supposed frontrunner to endorse him.
Conrad Burns?????? Wasn’t he up to his keister in the Jack Abramoff mess? Didn’t the loss of his seat cost the GOP its majority in the Senate? Why the hell would Saint John be campaigning with him? What’s next - going to Idaho with Larry Craig?
Conrad laid his hand upon John McCain's straight-talk garments and was cleansed of all wrong.
“former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, much more popular with GOP insiders despite losing his re-election bid in 2006 amid suspicions over connections to a Washington, D.C., lobbying scandal.”
Right....now there’s a winning endorsement from another looser.
"Which GOP presidential hopeful do you want to see win the most delegates on Super Tuesday?
The FIX is in...McCain is no different than Hillery, but with this type of caucus...THE fix is in!