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Topic: Plagiarising Walsh (Like MLK & BHO) departure leaves America hating Democrats to scramble
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Jacob Bernstein

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Plagiarising Walsh (Like MLK & BHO) departure leaves America hating Democrats to scramble
Posted: Aug 17, 2014 8:48 PM
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democrats will be hard-pressed in quickly
finding a strong candidate for Montana's U.S. Senate election
after incumbent John Walsh's abrupt withdrawal from the campaign
in a plagiarism controversy.

Walsh's decision to quit the campaign Thursday gave an instant
shot in the arm to Republicans nationally. A net gain of six
seats in the Senate would give the GOP a majority in both
chambers of Congress. And Montana Republicans boast a formidable
candidate in freshman U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, who has a
significant fundraising edge and carries wide name recognition
as the state's sole House member.

As attention shifted from Walsh's troubles to his replacement, a
potential white knight for the Democrats, former Gov. Brian
Schweitzer, said he's not interested in the job.

No one else in the state party has comparable political star

That means whoever is selected by Montana Democrats at an
upcoming nominating convention will have to raise lots of money,
get his or her name out and excite voters so they turn out at
the polls — all in less than three months.

"I just don't think, given where we are, that a Democrat is
going to have much of a chance," said David Parker, a political
analyst at Montana State University. "I won't say no chance, but
it's going to be extremely slim."

It's a sharp turnaround from February, when Walsh was appointed
by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock to replace six-term Democratic
Sen. Max Baucus. After 35 years, Baucus stepped down to accept
President Barack Obama's appointment to become U.S. ambassador
to China.

Walsh's appointment gave the former lieutenant governor and
National Guard commander the powers of incumbency heading into a
long election season. Republicans decried his appointment as an
unfair backroom deal.

That all changed last month, when The New York Times revealed
the extensive use of unattributed material in a 2007 paper from
Walsh about the spread of democracy in the Middle East that he
submitted to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War

With an Army War College investigation set to begin Aug. 15,
Walsh said Thursday that the controversy surrounding his
research paper had become a "distraction" his campaign could no
longer bear.

He sent a statement to supporters that he was leaving the race
but said he will keep the seat until his term ends in January.
His decision was first reported by Lee Newspapers of Montana.

Daines, a former technology company executive from Bozeman, said
he respected Walsh's decision and wouldn't comment on the
plagiarism allegations.

Democratic leaders from county party committees, along with
federal and statewide elected officials and the party's
executive board, will convene before Aug. 20 to choose a

Former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger, who switched parties to run
against Walsh in the June primary, said Thursday he'd consider
running if chosen. But in a nod to the odds, Bohlinger set some

"I would stand ready to pick up the mantle with the provision of
money and an army of volunteers," he told The Associated Press.

Sen. Dave Wanzenried, D-Missoula, said he was "absolutely
interested" and planned to make his case in the coming days. A
former state labor commissioner, he's served 18 years in the
Legislature. Term limits will end that run in January.

"It's one of those things that comes along once in a while and
you say, 'I'm going to do this,' " Wanzenried said.

Bullock, state Auditor Monica Lindeen and Superintendent of
Public Instruction Denise Juneau all turned down the idea.

Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Andrea Marcoccio
said Democrats are used to tough races in a state Obama lost in
2012 by nearly 14 percentage points, though voters re-elected
Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and Bullock that year.

"We plan to talk face to face with Montanans about what's at
stake," Marcoccio said.


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