Edmunds announces run for Baucus' U.S. Senate seat

2013-02-28T13:38:00Z 2013-02-28T21:55:45Z Edmunds announces run for Baucus' U.S. Senate seat

State Rep. Champ Edmunds on Thursday became the second Republican to officially enter the U.S. Senate race in his party’s bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Max Baucus.

Edmunds, now in his second term representing House District 100 in the Legislature, announced his candidacy at Bitterroot Motors, saying it was here that he landed his first job after moving to Missoula.

“People all over our nation are looking for opportunity,” Edmunds said. “The overregulation and overreach in Washington, D.C., are killing our country. We must rein in overregulation if we want our country to remain a world leader.”

In announcing his candidacy, Edmunds joined former state lawmaker and GOP gubernatorial candidate Corey Stapleton in his party’s primary contest to face Baucus in November 2014.

If sent to Washington, Edmunds pledged to pass a balanced budget amendment, prohibit legislative riders and reduce the size of the federal government.

“In Montana, we’re required to have a balanced budget,” Edmunds said, speaking of his experience in the Legislature. “We don’t allow riders. Changing those two things alone in Washington, D.C., would solve most of the problems we have there.”

Edmunds was elected to the Montana Legislature in 2010. He was reelected in 2012 and is now a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Edmunds made passing reference to his facial paralysis, saying it taught him to be a fighter. He joined the Navy and has two children, one of whom also has joined the service.

“Max has served this country for nearly 40 years, and I wish him well,” Edmunds said. “But to everything there’s a season, and this is the season for remembering what brought us here. It’s a time to remember our foundations and it’s a time to get back to basics.”

Edmunds will face Stapleton in the GOP primary in early 2014. Stapleton served as a state senator from Billings from 2001 to 2008 and was Senate minority leader in the 2007 Legislature. He finished second last year in a seven-way GOP primary for governor, losing to Rick Hill.

Facing Stapleton in the spring primary, Edmunds pledged to run a clean race.

“Let’s remember the 11th commandment – thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican,” he said. “Let’s keep it clean and let the people make a decision on who they want to go on through the primary.”

Reporter Martin Kidston can be reached at 523-5260, or at

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  1. D
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    D - March 01, 2013 11:01 am
    "We must rein in overregulation..." So, Mr. Edmunds introduced HB197 to "Expand drug & alcohol testing act to apply to all employees." Apparently it's okay for him to expand government regulation at a large cost for Montanans.

    Edmunds says one thing and does exactly the opposite.
  2. D
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    D - March 01, 2013 10:33 am
    The photo is the best the candidate can look...sorry.
  3. D
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    D - March 01, 2013 10:31 am
    I agreed with the MTmuralist...he is SPOT ON!
  4. noliberal
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    noliberal - March 01, 2013 10:14 am
    Max has been in the political system for to long, I remember him coming by my house in the lower Rattlesnake in the early 1970's when I was a grad student at U of M. We need someone
    new, that isnt a lapdog for Obama and the wild eyed liberal leftwingers, that the city of Missoula is now full of,
  5. LBS2010
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    LBS2010 - March 01, 2013 8:22 am
    What a rant... It is incredible that someone can post such an idiotic comment and still have the nerve to call another a chump. You have just told all of us that you really do not have a clue as to what is going on in this world and have been readily spoon fed by hearing what you want to hear and disregarding the rest. I think I can wait to hear him out before I critique his platform.
  6. wes d
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    wes d - March 01, 2013 7:55 am
    Walter, that's how the guy looks. Part of his face is paralyzed, he can't help it. Why do you have to be childish and make an issue out of it?
  7. walter12
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    walter12 - March 01, 2013 7:21 am
    The leftist Missoulian pulled out the most unflattering photo they could find. Are they beginning to behave like MSNBC? Baucus is a stooge for this Obama. He should retire. Mr. Edmunds may not be up to the job, but this Baucus has had it much too easy, for too long, he needs some competition.
  8. theorangedog
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    theorangedog - March 01, 2013 6:12 am
    Oh No! Another election :(
  9. MontanaJim72
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    MontanaJim72 - March 01, 2013 3:42 am
    You have no chance. The tea party is over.
  10. The_Boneshackler
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    The_Boneshackler - February 28, 2013 7:25 pm
    It will be difficult for Champ to run to the right of Baucus and still be a viable candidate.
  11. Aberdeen
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    Aberdeen - February 28, 2013 7:17 pm
    A little paranoid, aren't we? Read the future candidate's own comments!
  12. CoryWalsh Staff
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    CoryWalsh - February 28, 2013 6:23 pm
    @hcamper In the article it mentions that Rep. Edmunds suffers from facial paralysis:
    "Edmunds made passing reference to his facial paralysis, saying it taught him to be a fighter. He joined the Navy and has two children, one of whom also has joined the service."
  13. hcamper
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    hcamper - February 28, 2013 4:34 pm
    Typical liberal media posting the most unflattering photo of any Republican running for office. Agreed, not a snowballs chance he can beat Baucus, but seriously? Have some class.
  14. montanamuralist
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    montanamuralist - February 28, 2013 4:24 pm
    Muich as I dislike Baucus the stuff these clowns say is the issue is so out of touch and so basically flawed as to give me no choice but to vote for Max...irritating as that is..The real problem idiot is your screwed up party obstructing a President who is the wrong color for them..and supporting the upper 1% and most of all...not taking responsibility for blowing the surplus on a botched war In Iraq.....the problem is not coming out and saying lets talk about the issues rather than telling your crazy anti government birther idiots to clam up and get some brain cell function. Yes there is a debt problem but there is also a salary problem in corporate America paying enough for people to live while you clowns go out and bust the unions, preach moral law to us and tell women what to do with their bodies. Talk about some of those things and some of us might give you a look...and explain how your going to fix health care not repeal Obamacare with no solution other than to throw us back to the insurance company wolves!!!! Talk about that stuff and some of us may actually take you seriously rather than just not vote for you cause you have an R next to your need the independents Chump!!!
  15. sallymander
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    sallymander - February 28, 2013 4:19 pm
    What a waste of time. Max is very good at turning conservative in the months leading up to an election, even GOP hero Ronald Reagan couldn't beat him. Of course RR was a lib compared to the tea baggers in congress nowdays.
  16. Payin'Taxes-Gettin'Hosed
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    Payin'Taxes-Gettin'Hosed - February 28, 2013 3:50 pm
    He stands about as much chance getting elected as a pothole getting fixed.
  17. Pogo
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    Pogo - February 28, 2013 3:13 pm
    Your resort to childish name calling says a lot about you, MTGuy.
  18. MTGuy
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    MTGuy - February 28, 2013 2:47 pm
    Champ? How about Chump. What a joke.
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