Archive for February 6th, 2009

by Pete Talbot

(The “2010” was added to the headline because I’ve used “Rehberg is challenged” before — I kinda like the double entendre.)

Montana Democratic Party Chairman Dennis McDonald has filed papers with the intent of challenging Rep. Dennis Rehberg next year. Now Dennis v. Dennis might be confusing to some but keep in mind that Rep. Rehberg always goes by “Denny.”

This could be a real race, compared to the “challenge” put forward by John Driscoll in the 2008 contest. McDonald is a bona fide candidate: he can raise money, has the backing of the big dogs (Schweitzer and Baucus) and has toured the state and made plenty of contacts in his job as party chair.

I’m not endorsing McDonald. It’s still early and other people could file. But I like the fact that he’s getting out early and throwing down the gauntlet.

And I personally like McDonald. This might surprise some folks because I ran against him for state party chair in 2005. Got my butt kicked, too.

Sure, I wish he was a little further left, but then I wish that for just about everyone.

I do hope that if McDonald is elected he votes more like Tester than Baucus.

Anyone would be better than Rehberg, though. He’s a George W. Bush clone: a pro-war, pro-privatization, anti-choice, anti-stimulus package, anti-environment, anti-health care … well you get the idea.

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