Slightly less than a year after being named executive director of the Montana Democratic Party, Monica Lindeen tendered her resignation.
Here’s the email she sent out to Democratic Party membership:
It is with mixed emotions I announced to the MDP Executive Board this past weekend that I will be transitioning out as your Executive Director. I will be staying on through the end of the year as a search for a new executive director is completed.
After 24-years in public service as an elected official and party officer, I have decided to spend less time on the road. I will always be committed to fighting for Montana values and will work to help elect good candidates who will fight for those values.
Monica J. Lindeen, Executive Director, Montana Democratic Party
As Lindeen points out, she has served in numerous positions for a number of years: she was state auditor from 2008-2016; before that, she served in the Montana House from 1999-2007, and she was vice-chair of the party from 1997 to 2000. She lost her bid as Montana Secretary of State to Corey Stapleton in 2016 by around 25 points and ran a valiant campaign against incumbent Denny Rehberg for the U.S. House in 2006, but lost by nearly 20 points.
None of this explains her surprise resignation from the state party, though — particularly with primary elections coming up in about seven months and perhaps the most crucial general election of my lifetime (although I say that almost every election cycle) in a little more than a year.
She was a good fit for party leadership, following in Nancy Keenan’s footsteps, with her experience in state government and party politics, and was well-respected in political circles.
This is party insider stuff but the executive director is the face of the party and is often quoted in news stories to rebut Republican misinformation. I’m at a loss as to whom a good replacement might be.
Thank you for your service, Monica, and may you have good fortune on wherever your new path takes you.