Skip to comments.Baucus to retire rather than seek re-election in 2014
Posted on 04/23/2013 6:55:13 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is retiring rather than seek re-election in 2014, according to two senior Democratic strategists familiar with his plans. First elected in 1978, Baucus has been the top Democrat on the powerful committee since 2001. The likely Democratic candidate to succeed him would be former governor Brian Schweitzer, sources said.
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I smell a pick up here!!!
Huge opportunity coming up! :-)
First elected in 78?
Geez! Talk about “needed to retire 35 years ago”
Isn’t Cheney from up around there?
Is it Montana of Wyoming he’s from?
Nice!!! He smelled defeat!
I’ve always wondered why this state has any Democrats in office at all.....then I remember a couple I met in Seattle that were hard corps unionists/Democrats......both were born/raised in Butte Montana.... just never seemed right to me......except as children of the Great Depression.....
Funny, he voted against the gun bill even though he knew he was leaving and wouldn’t have to face the voters of Montana, maybe there is a shred of decency in him...
First elected to the Senate in ‘78. He was a Watergate Baby in the House, elected in 1974 (beating a GOP incumbent).
Need some fresh blood in that spot..CONSERVATIVE Fresh Blood.
Cheney is from Wyoming. His daughter is considering a run against moderate republican Mike Enzi.
OR.. he voted against the gun bill planning on seeking re-election.
Then looked at the poll numbers and realized he STILL was going to lose so he retired.
OR.. maybe he has some decency. Maybe.
I love Cheney’s daughter.
Did Pompeo scare him out?
Unfortunately, this actually complicates us getting this seat. It was expected that ex-Gov. Schweitzer was going to challenge Baucus in the Dem primary, which was going to be ugly. Whomever emerged would be damaged against a GOP opponent. Now with Schweitzer having clear sailing, it will be more difficult, and with no clear cut GOP opponent.
“except as children of the Great Depression.....”
MT more likely californicated much like CO and NV.
Which frees him to vote for the next gun control bill that is coming down the pike.
And like Tom Daschle before him, someday he’ll show up on Capitol Hill in a Rolex and Armani suit to tell his former colleagues that life as an ex-Senator can be very, very good indeed....IF you’re willing to play ball.
How do we uncalifornicate them?
He voted the right way on gun control, which sealed his fate among the Dems, O & Bloomberg.
I like the way he has signaled to the GOP that they get their candidate lined up.
I think he got a midnight call from Imam Obama telling him the party would not support his reelection. If he shifts his vote when the gun bills come back up, which they will, you know he got the message to change his vote or be picnicking at Fort Marcy Park.
Cheney is from Wyoming. I thought I read somewhere that Liz Cheney was contemplating running for office there.
That makes six democrat senators retiring and ten freshmen up for reelection, not to mention Chambliss and Johannes retiring on the repulican side. If we play our cards right, the senate in 2015 could be a VERY conservative body!
“Geez! Talk about needed to retire 35 years ago...
Poster child for the term limit argument, in my opinion. There are way too many people who go with the intention to “serve” their constituents, but after many years of participating in the D.C. culture end up serving only themselves.
The ENTIRE democratic caucus up for reelection next year (except for Reed, Durbin and Landrieu) is either retiring or is a freshman!!!
It was his advocacy and vote for Obamacare that was going to doom him...that’s why he’s bailing..
Beating Bacus in 2008 was a “huge opportunity”. Beating Tester in 2012 was a “huge opportunity”. Picking up the Kent Conrad seat was a “huge opportunity”.
The GOP as a national force is dead, and the situation in Montana and the Dakotas proves it.
Liz Cheney, the hardline conservative
One of the chief architects of Obamacare. He doesn’t want to be around for the train wreck.
Ted Turner, hardly a Californian, has massive property holdings in Montana.....California is just the first of once great Conservative states to be turned into socialist hell holes by emigration from the east coast....note that in addition to those states lefties comes their version of Republicans.....(read RINOs)
He wrote Obamacare and recently said it was going to be a train wreck.
“If we play our cards right, the senate in 2015 could be a VERY conservative body!”
If your Aunt had balls, she’d be your Uncle.
There was the aroma of senate seat pickups all over the 2012 election. Turned out to be the stench of GOP candidates pooping all over themselves and losing seats that we should have won. I'll wait until we see who the candidates are.
Good point. The Dems have a younger man in the wings who will hold the seat for another 20 years.
That would be great, assuming its the “normal” daughter, and not the one with the alternative life style and female husband.....
Well I did say “if”!
“The GOP as a national force is dead, and the situation in Montana and the Dakotas proves it.”
You certainly make a good point. It is my understanding, though, that the people of Montana are (or used to be) on the conservative side. It would make sense that this would be a good place for the conservatives to try to get a good, well-funding operation going.
Yes it’s the normal daughter. The one that is the fill in when Hannity is off.
“How do we uncalifornicate them?”
Send the east coasters back home.....
Why doesn't Liz Cheney run for the senate in a state she's actually lived in within the past 40 years? She has no ties to the state other than her father's name.
Not a chance! If Baucus retires, Schweitzer will get the dim nomination and go on to victory.
Schweitzer is a folksy guy who supports gun rights, bucks the mainstream dim line, and is generally liked by most Montanans.
There isn’t any Republican in Montana that can beat him.
Sorry to say!
The Senate campaign committee has been atrocious the past two cycles. Needs a house cleaning. I recall in 2010 that the Governor campaign committee for the party pretty much carried the races they were involved in, including support for some of the winning Senate campaigns. The Senate campaign arm needs to be replaced. They are too busy supporting losers like Dewhurst and Crist in primaries to be bothered with fixing their losing ways, though.
My guess is that the Slave Party constituency in Montana consists of unemployed resource extraction workers (miners, loggers, and such), their unemployable children, bureaucrats (eco-nazis and welfare administrators), and the legacy of mine workers' unions. Am I far off?
The establishment blew its wad in 2012, with losses everywhere. I think their credibility is shot. Palin and DeMint will have enormous influence in who gets the nominations. And even with the losses, we replaced Hutchison with Cruz, Kyle with Flake and essentially Deb Fisher replaced Lugar (the republican and democrat losses washed eachother) and Snowe and Scott Brown are gone.
In addition, senators like Paul, Cruz and Lee are in the ascendancy. Senators like McCain, Graham and Collins are no longer respected by republicans nationwide.
I don’t know. Where does she live?