Montana Politics

Bob Kelleher: Elite, Liberal Media Darling

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The New York Times is covering Bob Kelleher’s campaign, and in the story, he comes across much more positively than the Montana Republican Party:

The state Republican Party chairman, Erik Iverson, is less charitable. He even refused to allow Mr. Kelleher to speak at the party’s convention in June. Mr. Iverson suggested that primary voters were confused in selecting Mr. Kelleher, though he granted that Mr. Kelleher’s name was probably the most widely known because of his 15 or so other bids for various offices over the last half century as a Republican, a Democrat and a Green.

Is it just me, or is Erik Iverson suggesting that Republican voters are stupid? I don’t think they were confused at all—in that field of ‘candidates’, Kelleher probably was the most credible, and certainly the most entertaining choice. I’m not sure that someone who has made a career riding on Dennis Rehberg’s coattails should cast too many aspersions about the legitimacy of any candidate, even one who has run for two or three parties.

Sure, Mr. Kelleher’s not going to win this election, barring a miracle, but it’s hard not to like him:

“I don’t know how it happened,” Mr. Kelleher, 85, said of finishing ahead of five challengers in the Republican primary in June. “I guess they finally said, ‘That old bastard’s right.’ ”

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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