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Democratic candidate John Bohlinger says Harry Reid wants him out
politico.com ^ | 11/12/13 | Emily Schultheis and Elizabeth Titus

Posted on 11/12/2013 1:48:39 PM PST by cotton1706

Former Montana Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger just jumped in the Montana Senate race last week – but he says national Democrats are already trying to push him out.

Foremost among them, according to the Democratic candidate? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

“[Reid] said, you know, ‘John, you know, you’re a nice guy, but we’ve chosen Walsh. We’d like you to drop out. We don’t want to have a primary,’” Bohlinger said, according to local news reports. Bohlinger was referring to current Lt. Gov. John Walsh, the preferred choice of the party to run for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus.

“And I said, ‘Senator, we’re going to have a primary in Montana. And it will be the people of Montana that choose the next Democratic Senatorial candidate,’” Bohlinger added.

Bohlinger said that, at the end of their 10- or 15-minute conversation, Reid wished him good luck and said to call if he ever needed help.

Bohlinger, who served as a Republican under Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer but switched parties after he left office in 2012, announced his entry to the race on Tuesday at a Democratic dinner. He spoke to reporters about his bid on Wednesday, according to Montana media reports.

Bohlinger’s move complicates Walsh’s path. The seat will be one of the most fiercely contested of the 2014 cycle. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination is expected to face GOP Rep. Steve Daines, who announced his candidacy last week.

Senate Republicans need to net six seats to regain the majority and see this one as a critical pickup.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Montana; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; brianschweitzer; election2014; election2016; elections; harryreid; johnbohlinger; johnwalsh; maxbaucus; montana; nevada; ratfight; stevedaines
This goes on in both parties. The Senate should not be choosing its own members and Senators should not be choosing who they'd like to serve with.

The people in the individual states should choose their nominees and then the parties should get behind them.

But aristocrats do not like the people getting involved in choosing the members of their clubs. They want to pick who the nominees will be so that the people will be fooled into thinking they actually have a choice.

1 posted on 11/12/2013 1:48:39 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Do they have Open Primaries?


2 posted on 11/12/2013 1:50:43 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: cotton1706
He's your leader Johnie ... publically ... tell him to GFY.

Make sure the press is there.

Y'can't do any worse than the rat hating you now as it is .. right ?

3 posted on 11/12/2013 1:51:49 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: cotton1706; Impy; InterceptPoint; LucyT; Just A Nobody; smoothsailing; fieldmarshaldj; ...
This is Harry Reid just being Harry Reid!

Is this Baucus' seat? If so, should be vulnerable to GOP takeover.

4 posted on 11/12/2013 1:56:36 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: cotton1706
. . . We don’t want to have a primary . . .

Truth be told, RATs like Reid don't like General Elections either, but they have to keep the Kabuki show for now for appearances sake.

5 posted on 11/12/2013 1:58:20 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: cotton1706

Thank goodness the people can elect their senators. Our republic is so much better off. /s


6 posted on 11/12/2013 1:59:51 PM PST by Jacquerie (An Article V amendment convention is our only hope.)
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To: cotton1706
Moving the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. I like GOP Rep. Steve Daines' chances in Montana (a state that even Mitty won by 14%) ...

United States presidential election in Montana, 2012: Romney 55.4% 0bama 41.7%

7 posted on 11/12/2013 2:03:14 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

If so, we should pay it back in spades here and pull for Bohlinger.


8 posted on 11/12/2013 2:06:32 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

Unless this is one of those stealthy articles where Reid actually wants Bohlinger....


9 posted on 11/12/2013 2:07:14 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Harry is one creepy dude. I’ve never understood any voter connecting with the guy?


10 posted on 11/12/2013 2:31:21 PM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: cotton1706

I thought that said “Boehner”. And I was thinking, it’s about time he changed parties, but why would Reid want him out?


11 posted on 11/12/2013 2:32:16 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: cotton1706

I thought that said “Boehner”. And I was thinking, it’s about time he changed parties, but why would Reid want him out?


12 posted on 11/12/2013 2:32:16 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: blackdog

Blackdog, it has nothing to do with the voters. It has everything to do with the vote counters.


13 posted on 11/12/2013 3:04:44 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: cotton1706

You said: The people in the individual states should choose their nominees and then the parties should get behind them.

I say: No, we need to repeal the 17th Amendment and have the State legislatures appoint/elect the Senators as it was intended by the Founding Fathers. Otherwise, what is the point of having the Senate.
The House of Representatives is to represent the people’s interest.
The Senate is to represent the interest of the individual States.


14 posted on 11/12/2013 3:18:23 PM PST by Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust
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To: cotton1706

Anyone that would run as a democrat is an immoral goat-humper. I believe he’s just trying to mislead the clueless into voting for him.


15 posted on 11/12/2013 3:18:26 PM PST by boycott
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To: cotton1706
Seems Montana's legislature is heavily Republican.

The 63rd Legislature (2013–2014) is controlled by the Republican Party with the House having 61 Republican members and 39 Democratic members, and the Senate having 29 Republican members and 21 Democratic members..

16 posted on 11/12/2013 3:23:46 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: cotton1706

Walsh is going to run as a Republican. That’s how Democrats win in Montana. Look at Tester. He votes liberal and campaigns as a conservative.


17 posted on 11/12/2013 3:33:56 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: cotton1706
The people in the individual states should choose their nominees and then the parties should get behind them.

The fallacy is that we've all been duped into believing Congress are all 'Federal Employees' when in reality and constitutionally they are all STATE Employees.

18 posted on 11/12/2013 3:42:06 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

Ya!
Let’s GOTV for Bohlinger, in the Primary!


19 posted on 11/12/2013 3:59:50 PM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Servant of the Cross

I come, unfortunately, from one of the very blue counties. Never understood the love affair with the democrats.


20 posted on 11/12/2013 4:02:53 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: cotton1706

Is Walsh a Commie too?


21 posted on 11/12/2013 4:18:03 PM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

You never know - we could get another Missouri. Romney won by 10 but
Claire McCaskill is still senator...


22 posted on 11/12/2013 4:48:37 PM PST by MrShoop
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To: Servant of the Cross

What are Daines’ positions on rape and birth control?


23 posted on 11/12/2013 4:54:40 PM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Jim Noble

I’m betting (praying) he never utters either word for the duration of the campaign .... ;-)


24 posted on 11/12/2013 5:09:44 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks cotton1706.
"[Reid] said, you know, 'John, you know, you're a nice guy, but we've chosen Walsh..." current Lt. Gov. John Walsh... retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus... Bohlinger, who served as a Republican under Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer but switched parties after he left office in 2012, announced his entry to the race on Tuesday at a Democratic dinner... The seat will be one of the most fiercely contested of the 2014 cycle. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination is expected to face GOP Rep. Steve Daines, who announced his candidacy last week.
There's nothing wrong with Reid that a long, painful illness wouldn't fix.
25 posted on 11/12/2013 6:12:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: justiceseeker93; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ...

Whoops, thanks justiceseeker93.


26 posted on 11/12/2013 6:14:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: cotton1706

According to item in today’s USA
Today:

Montana legislator is bringing a bill to the State legislature which would REQUIRE the elected members of the Montana Legislature to be evenly divided—half men & half women!!!

Guess your vote won’t count for much up there anymore——


27 posted on 11/12/2013 6:41:51 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: cotton1706
“[Reid] said, you know, ‘John, you know, you’re a nice guy, but we’ve chosen Walsh. We’d like you to drop out.
“And I said, ‘Senator, we’re going to have a primary in Montana. And it will be the people of Montana that choose the next Democratic Senatorial candidate,’” Bohlinger added.

Reid is senile, arrogant and presumptuous. No way to end ANY career.

As for Bohlinger, I have never contributed to a Democrat's campaign in my life.
But I will contribute to his!

Did I mention I can't stand the image or voice of the Senile One?

28 posted on 11/12/2013 6:57:29 PM PST by publius911 (At least Nixon had the good grace to resign!)
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To: Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust

“You said: The people in the individual states should choose their nominees and then the parties should get behind them.

I say: No, we need to repeal the 17th Amendment and have the State legislatures appoint/elect the Senators as it was intended by the Founding Fathers. Otherwise, what is the point of having the Senate.

The House of Representatives is to represent the people’s interest.

The Senate is to represent the interest of the individual States.”

Well my statement was in the context of how we currently choose senators. I agree with you that the 17th amendment should be repealed. But even if it was, you would still run into the same problem, just in a different electoral context. US Senators and the party committees could still pick a nominee ahead of time and gin up support for that person, put pressure on opponents, etc. My point was that the parties or senators or the senate should not get involved until the people have narrowed the field to two.

I’m not naïve however. Politics has always been a game of influence and leverage. But the idea that Reid called up someone and said we want you to drop out because we’ve already chosen our guy is repugnant to me. It smacks of aristocracy.


29 posted on 11/12/2013 7:52:00 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Jacquerie

Yup, better a small handful of politicians make the choice for us. They are sure to choose “true conservatives®” because they are so conservative themselves and it’s not like they’re prone to corruption and cronyism or anything.

Hmm I think I’m having deja vu. It seems we’ve went over this before. Oh wait, WE DID! It’s only deja vu if it actually HASN’T happened before, my mistake.


30 posted on 11/12/2013 11:11:06 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: G Larry; Eagle of Liberty

Let’s not. Let’s focus on electing the REPUBLICAN in November instead of trying help the DEMOCRAT (a former RINO traitor) who might actually be a stronger general election candidate.


31 posted on 11/12/2013 11:13:01 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: justiceseeker93; cotton1706; InterceptPoint; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; Viennacon; ...

Bohlinger’s trademark disloyalty (he’s a former RINO who “officially” pretended to still be a Republican while serving as a rat Governor’s running mate and LT) in shooting off his mouth has benefited us. Having a rat primary is good, having one with discord sewn in is even better!

The seat is a top target, #3 behind SD and WV. Strong takeover odds, not winning it would be unacceptable.


32 posted on 11/12/2013 11:15:48 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

I WANT JAY ROCKEFELLER OUT!!


33 posted on 11/13/2013 5:36:05 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Impy
Let’s not. Let’s focus on electing the REPUBLICAN in November instead of trying help the DEMOCRAT (a former RINO traitor) who might actually be a stronger general election candidate.

I hear you but IMO, we have to start getting a little creative in the nomination of BOTH party candidates. You KNOW that dirty tricks have been played on us in order to get the Democrats' choice of the Republican candidate. To this day, I still cannot find many people that voted for McCain in the Republican primaries.
34 posted on 11/13/2013 5:47:38 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Eagle of Liberty; Impy; InterceptPoint; fieldmarshaldj; All
I WANT JAY ROCKEFELLER OUT!!

Isn't he retiring at the end of next year?

35 posted on 11/13/2013 7:51:13 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93
Isn't he retiring at the end of next year?

How the heck did I miss that? WOO HOO!
36 posted on 11/13/2013 7:57:23 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: justiceseeker93

Is that allowed? I thought “permanent” Senators like Rocky had to go from the Capitol bldg direct to the funeral home.
Is he handing over the seat to one of his kids?


37 posted on 11/13/2013 8:01:01 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's 3rd term: squaw Warren? Lord help us!)
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To: Eagle of Liberty
How the heck did I miss that? WOO HOO!

I'm not sure about that. That's why I asked the question. His seat would be up for election in 2014.

38 posted on 11/13/2013 9:55:22 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: nascarnation; Eagle of Liberty; Impy; All
Is that allowed? I thought “permanent” Senators like Rocky had to go from the Capitol bldg direct to the funeral home. Is he handing over the seat to one of his kids?

LOL!!! Didn't know this before, but "Jay" Rockefeller's real name is John D. Rockefeller, IV. He's the only Democrat Rockefeller I've ever heard of.

39 posted on 11/13/2013 1:10:01 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93; fieldmarshaldj; nascarnation; Eagle of Liberty; AuH2ORepublican

Of the elected Rockerfellers, he’s the only rat. His wife is the daughter of former IL Israel hating RINO Senator Chuck Percy.

Of course we had the famous RINO NY Governor and VP. And the Arkansas branch, also moderate Republicans. Winthrop Rockefeller, who was Governor, an his son (same first name, called “Win”) who was LT Governor (and died tragically of some blood disease).

Anyway, Jay is is going, yes, I don’t know how you missed it, Eagle. Establishment GOP Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito is the heavy favorite to take the seat. I rate the chances of a more conservative choice beating her in the primary as low. The rat nominee is almost certain to be Sec of State Natalie Tennant.

Jay’s most politically active kid lives in NY. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Rockefeller


40 posted on 11/14/2013 9:23:15 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy
Thanks for the info, Impy. Can you please list by party and state all the retiring Senators leaving “open seats” for next year's elections?
41 posted on 11/14/2013 2:54:45 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

GA Saxby Chambliss R (Several R candidates, Likely rat nominee is Sam Nunn’s daughter, she won’t win)

IA Tom Harkin D (I’d call it lean rat since the GOP is running second tier candidates)

MI Carl Levin D (I’d call it 50/50)

MT Max Baucus D (GOP Rep. Steve Daines is favored to win)

SD Tim Johnson D (Former GOP Governor Mike Rounds is heavily favored to win)

WV Jay Rockerfeller D

I believe every other Senator up has announced for reelection and none of them are on the fence


42 posted on 11/14/2013 6:11:52 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: cotton1706

I’d like to see all out-of-state money banned in all congressional elections. Currently, congressional elections are like Communist Party elections. The Party chooses the candidates and winners.


43 posted on 06/28/2014 7:59:10 AM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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