Lindeen challenges Rehberg in general election’s first debate

DEBATE: Monica Lindeen faces Denny Rehberg in the House race’s first debate. This is the first general election statewide office debate in Montana, and could be an indication of the political landscape shaping up this summer. Details:

Day: Saturday, June 10

Time: 1:15 pm

Location: Holiday Inn Parkside, Missoula

Meanwhile, as we come down off our post-election glow that saw grassroots hero Jon Tester pummel his opponent, it’s time to start thinking about the House race, too. After the Senate race, it’s the next most important.

It’s only natural the House race has been overshadowed by the Senate primary: Tester was pitted against a DC insider, and the focus was on the cherubic Big Sandy farmer. And Lindeen’s stiffest competition thus far was gas-station owner Eric Jon Gunderson, best known for his website (which is down, sadly). Well, now she’s up against a serious candidate, incumbent Denny Rehberg, by all accounts, the favorite in the race.

That’s not to say Lindeen won’t win. Quite the opposite. I think she can take the House for the Democrats this summer. Why?

She’s got that “Tester-esque” way with people. Character is key this election. We need lawmakers who are honest and competent, and who will take back Washington for average Montanans, like you and me. Lindeen will also no doubt benefit from Tester’s popularity: with previously disinterested Montanans coming out of the woodwork to vote for Tester, a large percentage of them will no doubt vote for Lindeen, too.

Rehberg is vulnerable. Basically he’s mini-Burns. I think we’re going to see some scandal news on this guy over the summer. And I’m thinking it’ll be over INSA. (If you pore over this and other articles involving that group, you’ll see his name crop up…often.) He’s also got ties to Abramoff. If Burns goes down, it’s possible he’ll take Rehberg with him.

Let’s be poised to take advantage of his miscues.

Here’s what we can do to help Monica:

Contribute. Volunteer.

Show up at the debate’s honk and wave at noon in front of the Wilma.

Let’s see if we can tap the energy bubbling up in the state to get rid of incompetent and corrupt right-wing extremists.

  1. Monica will be at the Swan River Hall outside Bigfork on Sunday from 5:30 to 7:00. Turn out, bring a friend abd pop up a few bucks!

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