Gopher said she would work to dismantle the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling that equates money as free speech and allows corporations to give to political campaigns without previous restrictions.
She said she will work to strengthen environmental laws and would oppose the Keystone XL pipeline in any future applications.
Gopher also said she would attempt to reverse the federal law that delisted wolves from being a protected species.
These positions, like so many of her policy positions, are sure to make her popular with the left-wing of the Democratic Party, while making her less than viable in the general (Citizens United being the exception – Ds, Is, and Rs all seem to have at least some level of disdain for that awful decision).
It should be stated that Gopher did garner a surprising 22% in the congressional primary in 2010, but this year she’s a little late to the game and most of Missoula seems to have already rallied around Strohmaier.
Sam Rankin of Billings also ran in 2010 and got 16% of the vote. Currently, Rankin is “is talking with people to see if he has more support for the House than he did two years ago.”
- Kim Gillan
- Franke Wilmer
- Dave Strohmaier
- Rob Stutz
- Jason Ward
- Diane Smith
- Melinda Gopher
- *Sam Rankin
I’m sure Kim Gillan’s camp is excited to see Gopher get in the race because it only further fractures the left-wing of the party, making her nomination all the more likely. Also, look at the map – every candidate running (excluding the possible entry of Rankin) comes from western Montana, leaving all of eastern and rural eastern Montana for Gillan, where she is already focusing most of her resources.
This race is becoming more and more interesting to watch by the day.