Commissioner (and Senate Candidate) Susan Geise Comes Out Hot In the Senate Race

I’ve been calling on Republican leaders to stand up to what has happened to the Republican Party for years and today, Lewis and Clark County Commissioner Susan Good Geise did just that, laying into Senator Steve Daines as she announced her bid for the Senate as a Libertarian.

In an interview with the Independent Record, Good Geise, the former chair of the Montana Republican Party, by the way, savaged Republicans like Daines who have fallen all over themselves to support the President:

“I have urged Republicans for years to clean our house, clean our house, don’t do this, don’t become a part of a cult. Apparently 94% of Republicans support President Trump. I don’t.” Geise said she has raised concerns with the party and believes she has been singled out for the criticism.“It was made pretty clear to me by, I’m a ‘RINO’ (Republican in Name Only), the president calls me human scum and nobody likes to hear that because I’ve been a faithful Republican since 1988,” she said. “I have elected dozens and dozens if not a hundred Republicans to elected office. I have invested my life to this and I feel that the Republican leadership profanes what we used to stand for and I can’t stomach it.”

Good Geise took particular aim at Senator Daines’s refusal to hold town hall meetings with Montana voters:

“Every Tuesday and Thursday my colleagues and I sit in our chairs in the county commission chambers and we meet with the public face-to-face,” she said. “We disappoint people, we anger people from time to time, but we meet with people face-to-face, regularly scheduled televised public meetings. If I as a 70-year-old slow woman am willing to put myself out there meeting the public, I don’t know why Sen. Daines doesn’t have the guts to do that because I do.”

That has to leave a mark.

Good Geise is merely doing what Republicans of good conscience must do: rather than swearing obedience to the President, she is embracing the values of a Republican Party that used to stand for limited, consistent government of the people, not blind fealty to one man of limited intellect and moral character.

If Republican dirty tricks did indeed cause Good Geise to enter this race, they’ve received the consequence they deserve in a candidate who will hold Steve Daines accountable and remind people that he’s so afraid of us he, unlike a seventy-year-old woman, won’t face us.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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  • Good for her. I don’t know Susan, but the few times I’ve interacted with her, I found her reasonable and thoughtful. That said, I hope Gov. Bullock will be sitting in the Senate seat next to Tester. Great headline, by the by, Don.

  • “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
    ? Dante Alighieri

  • “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
    Dante Alighieri

  • I know Susan and I applaud her principled stand. She is whip-smart and a dedicated public servant. I’m sure it pains her greatly to take such issue with the Montana GOP. But we all must do what we must in the current times. Steve Daines has failed the people of Montana, over and over.

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