U.S. News and World Report is wondering if Montana native and campaign strategist extraordinaire Stephanie Schriock might run for the Senate in 2014:
“I have been overwhelmed by the interest in the Senate race,” Schriock said during an Emily’s List event Thursday. “I will say this, Montana has a great history of electing women. Emily’s List has been involved a long time in Montana and I think, like you, I am waiting to see how this all plays out.”
As Schriock considers a run, her Democratic allies back home say that it’s not Schriock’s role at Emily’s List alone that makes her a good fit to serve Montanans, it is the connection to her home state.
“She’s not just qualified because of her prestigious position; she’s qualified because she knows and cares about Montana,” says Aaron Murphy, a democratic strategist based in Montana. “She knows the politics. The issue is whether she decides to pursue it, and that is up to her.”
A favorite part of the article was Montana GOP Executive Director Bowen Greenwood trotting out the same tired Republican cliché to attack Schriock:
“There is a reason that Democrats want Brian Schweitzer so bad because a standard East Coast liberal just don’t fly here.”
Aside for the magnificently mangled syntax of Greenwood’s comment, I’d say Montana Republicans should spend less time attacking women who might run for the open Senate seat and more time cultivating female candidates of their own. In addition to Schriock, Democrats have viable female candidates like Denise Juneau and Monica Lindeen who could contend for the seat.
As for the Montana GOP, their best hope for a female candidate might be Judy Martz or one of those twins from the deeply weird Denny Rehberg ads last fall.