It’s old news now but I haven’t seen the blogs weigh in, so here goes.
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Denise Juneau (D), is contemplating a run for the U.S. House of Representatives. I can’t think of a finer candidate to take on first-term Congressman Ryan Zinke (R).
She had a tight race in 2012, winning the OPI contest by just 2200 votes. This could be an advantage, though, in 2016. Her campaign team will analyze the strengths and weaknesses in her last race, and polish a strategy.
Zinke has raised a lot of money but also spent a lot of money, according to MTN’s Mike Dennison. (I need to pay more attention to my MTN station now that Dennison is on board.) Of the big donations – $200 or more – only 16 percent came from Montana. Currently, Zinke has about $750,000 in the campaign bank and $211,000 in outstanding debt.
Juneau cannot pull a Joe Biden and wait until the last minute to decide if she’s going to run. She needs to announce pronto and start campaigning, or step aside so someone else can run. I’m hoping it’s the former.
The Great Falls Tribune is running a poll on the 2016 U.S. House race. It’s very unscientific but I don’t care. Last I looked, Juneau had 60 percent to Zinke’s 40 percent. Check it out and vote.
I’ll have more on this race and the candidates as it evolves.