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Governor to Reid: ‘None of Your Damn Business’ Who I Appoint to Senate
rollcall.com ^ | 2/14/14 | Meredith Shiner

Posted on 02/14/2014 5:44:38 PM PST by cotton1706

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to mind his own “damn business” when the Nevada Democrat phoned him last year in an effort to influence his appointment to succeed Max Baucus in the Senate.

According to an account in the Helena Independent Record, Bullock told Montana reporters about his terse words with Reid. The phone call occurred before the administration’s announcement that Baucus would be nominated to be ambassador to China.

The Nevada Democrat had a big stake in the electability of Bullock’s pick. Reid’s party can lose no more than five Senate races to maintain his majority leader status, and the open-seat contest in Montana is one of the GOP’s top pick-up opportunities in November. Bullock, a Democrat, ultimately chose Lt. Gov. John Walsh, who was already running for Senate. Baucus announced his retirement from the Senate early last year.

“He wanted to weigh in on who I should choose and this was before it was even public,” Bullock said of Reid. “And I said it was none of your damn business.”

Bullock would not say whether Reid suggested a replacement for Baucus, telling reporters to reach out to the majority leader’s camp for confirmation. A Reid spokesperson declined comment.

But Bullock did further outline his message to Reid in that December call.

“I said, ‘You know what. Stay out of my decision-making. This is a decision I make and no one else. This is one of those decisions that voters have entrusted me with,’” Bullock continued.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: elections; harryreid
Senators on both sides want to pick who they will work with. They don't want the people to decide, hence the RNSC and the DNSC.
1 posted on 02/14/2014 5:44:38 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Real catfight or kabuki by a wannabe Manchin gov?


2 posted on 02/14/2014 5:50:00 PM PST by pogo101
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To: cotton1706

Reid had some allegiance to Bohlinger I presume? I would love to see a brutal primary between Walsh and Bohlinger who poll very close together in a primary matchup. That would lock up the nomination for Daines who starts with a cool 17 point lead.

Screw you Reid. We’re throwing you out on your ***


3 posted on 02/14/2014 5:50:11 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: cotton1706

Long gone are the days when voters sent Representatives to office to pursue the interests of the citizens. Now, we send politicians to pursue party agenda which is power and wealth.


4 posted on 02/14/2014 5:52:48 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: cotton1706

Actually Walsh is the weakest candidate. Before the appointment I figured it was a toss up but I think the GOP has a distinct advantage now..


5 posted on 02/14/2014 5:53:56 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: montanajoe

I had wondered. Would Bohlinger perform better?


6 posted on 02/14/2014 5:56:11 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon
Would Bohlinger perform better?

I think so..put it back to a toss up, but I think Walsh will win the primary as a sitting Senator but lose in the general.

Schweitzer not running really screwed up the Dims plans up here and they don't seem to be helping themselves..

7 posted on 02/14/2014 6:02:51 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: cotton1706

More smokescreen


8 posted on 02/14/2014 6:03:53 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (I'm not afraid to say what i mean nor should you be afraid of what you know to be true !)
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To: Viennacon

Pete Wilson made the mistake of appointing some nobody to replace him in the Senate when he became Calif. Governor. That nobody proceeded to lose 2 years later to either Boxer or Feinstein(year of the woman). Condi Rice was a hot, young, 36-year-old at the time. The seat(s) are gone and the rest is history.


9 posted on 02/14/2014 6:04:18 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: cotton1706
RNSC and the DNSC

NRSC and DSCC I think is what you mean.

10 posted on 02/14/2014 6:05:04 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: montanajoe

I know the Rehberg disaster (AKA - HindenRehberg) caused well-justified skepticism about this seat, but with Daines having such a commanding lead and excellent fundraising numbers on top of the fact that most national Democrats aren’t even considering it a top priority, we can pull out a victory here.


11 posted on 02/14/2014 6:05:32 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: cotton1706
Then he said he'd call Gov Bullock and tell him what to do.
12 posted on 02/14/2014 6:08:00 PM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Viennacon

There is no excuse for a Rat to win a Red state Senate seat in an off year election. We’ve blown 5 in the last 2 cycles and let’s not forget the Libertarian candidate who swung a few voters to let the Dems win.


13 posted on 02/14/2014 6:08:31 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: cotton1706

Isn’t there a former Illinois governor sitting in jail for something like selling a senate seat.


14 posted on 02/14/2014 6:10:46 PM PST by Western Phil
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To: Western Phil

“Isn’t there a former Illinois governor sitting in jail for something like selling a senate seat.”

Yeah, and Reid poked his nose in there too. And the governor appointed somebody Reid didn’t want and he refused to seat him for a while...and he was black!


15 posted on 02/14/2014 6:14:38 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Western Phil

Yep, for the next thirteen and a half years there sure is!


16 posted on 02/14/2014 6:15:43 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: DIRTYSECRET

No, especially not an open seat with a pretty laughable Dem candidate. Both Bohlinger and Walsh seem like clowns (Does bow-tie Bohlinger he think he’s ‘Bill Nye the anus guy’?)

Besides, Daines is a much more capable challenger than Rehberg was, and has hopefully learned from the mistakes.
The only winnable races ripe for an upset due to moderate squishes are South Dakota and West Virginia, but the war on coal has doomed Dems in WV and they are running a Happy Meal candidate in SD, so I’m not worried about those.

The real fight is going to be in the red states. Knocking off Landrieu, Hagan, and Begich, with fingers crossed for wave victories in Michigan and Colorado. New Hampshire is an afterthought if Brown runs. Not rating Oregon or Virginia as of now. Iowa is a wild card.

This all depends on us holding Kentucky of course, which may be impossible with Mitch McConnell. He needs to be taken down. I’m not losing sleep over Georgia. Local Dems are bankrupt and minorities skip the midterms, unless Michelle Nunn goes blackface and fools them.


17 posted on 02/14/2014 6:17:13 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon
Reid had some allegiance to Bohlinger I presume?

Actually Reid had endorsed Walsh, which is what lead to the appearance of Bullock following Reid's lead in this appointment. It obviously gives Walsh an advantage that he didn't have before in the election. Still, at this point it's Daines race to lose.

Bohlinger said he would consider dropping out of the primary if Walsh was appointed.

18 posted on 02/14/2014 6:18:09 PM PST by Tigermoth ("...in order to form a more perfect union.....and secure the blessings of liberty..")
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To: pogo101

Another Manchin wannabe. How the hell did a Rat get elected governor in Montana in the first place?


19 posted on 02/14/2014 6:19:28 PM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: cotton1706

Wow left wing roll call is pushing planted stories from the DNC and Reid’s office.
What load of astroturf crap.


20 posted on 02/14/2014 6:22:14 PM PST by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: Tigermoth

He hasn’t dropped out yet from the looks of things. He really seems to dislike Walsh.


21 posted on 02/14/2014 6:23:39 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: cotton1706
It would probably be wise for Gov. Bullock to avoid Las Vegas. “Accidents” sometimes happen.
22 posted on 02/14/2014 6:36:18 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: pogo101

Option #2.

Montana Rat trying to look like a good ol’ boy, show his independence from Dingy Harry.

They yukked it up in reality.

But we all knew that.


23 posted on 02/14/2014 6:38:33 PM PST by Regulator
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To: cotton1706

I’m a little surprised to learn that Montana has a rat governor.


24 posted on 02/14/2014 6:43:53 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Welfare is a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. F.D.R.)
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To: Viennacon

Good analysis, and it lines up pretty well with what I’m thinking. That’s probably why I liked it. :-)


25 posted on 02/14/2014 7:06:59 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: cotton1706

What the Hell is wrong with Montana?? Is everyone there on Meth?


26 posted on 02/14/2014 7:15:55 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: cotton1706

” - - - - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to mind his own “damn business” when the Nevada Democrat phoned him - - - “

Boy-HOWDY!

America needs more politicians like Gov. Bullock!

Shutdown Reid was shut down by Bullock!


27 posted on 02/14/2014 7:20:48 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: pogo101

I would bet that the governor picked who Reid told him
to pick and this is just CYA.


28 posted on 02/14/2014 7:26:27 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: cotton1706

I gather he has already appointed the senator.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Walsh_%28U.S._Senator%29


29 posted on 02/14/2014 7:26:39 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: cotton1706

Walsh is so crooked that he couldn’t be a general, but he’s crooked enough to be a Democrat Senator.
Did they ever find the 23 million bucks from the stimulus package that went missing in Walsh’s department?


30 posted on 02/14/2014 7:52:16 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: tet68

“I would bet that the governor picked who Reid told him
to pick and this is just CYA.”

Bingo. This governor is trying to distance himself from Washington D.C. and the pols in it in order to give a leg up to Walsh so that he isn’t tarnished with the Obama regime’s bad reputation in what is mostly a red state. This was all a put on by the governor to fool those who are easily deceived.


31 posted on 02/14/2014 7:58:43 PM PST by flaglady47 (Proud Conservative Republican)
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To: ZULU

The dems financed the libertarian and got him 5%...


32 posted on 02/14/2014 8:23:55 PM PST by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: cotton1706

I am sure the dim gov told Reid off. Yeah I believe that.


33 posted on 02/14/2014 8:53:40 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: ZULU
“How the hell did a Rat get elected governor in Montana in the first place”

Because he followed Sweitzer who would have gotten 70+ plus of the vote had he not been term limited.

I keep reminding folks that despite the red presidential vote Montana is a purple state trending to blue with all the out of stater's moving in.

The good governor gave the GOP a gift by picking Walsh. As always it remains to be seen if they will screw it up..

34 posted on 02/14/2014 9:12:35 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Graybeard58

Schweitzer was a Dem Gov also. 8 years of that one. Been a while since Montana had a Republican Gov. I think it’s because the libs moved into Western Montana, displacing the influence of Billings in the East. I wouldn’t count on getting a Republican Senator this time either, as some are doing. Don’t have one now...


35 posted on 02/14/2014 9:37:26 PM PST by tinamina
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To: pogo101

Well, he ended up appointing his Democrat, Lt. Gov. John Walsh to the seat. The Dems think this will give Walsh the incumbent’s advantage and they will hold this seat. I don’t think so.....


36 posted on 02/15/2014 7:48:30 PM PST by Din Maker
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