Walsh wants appointment to Baucus Senate seat

2013-12-29T08:56:00Z 2014-10-03T14:28:34Z Walsh wants appointment to Baucus Senate seat missoulian.com

HELENA—Lt. Gov. John Walsh said Saturday he will seek appointment to the U.S. Senate seat that Sen. Max Baucus will resign after he is confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to China.

“Yes, I’m interested, once Sen. Baucus is confirmed, of filling the position that Gov. (Steve) Bullock will fill,” Walsh said in an interview.

It was Walsh’s first public confirmation that he is interested in the Senate appointment.

Bullock, who chose Walsh last year to be his running mate, will select the person to fill the seat being vacated by Baucus for remainder of his Senate term.

Walsh also is running for a full six-year term in the Senate in 2014 and is in a three-way Democratic primary, while three Republicans also are running for the GOP nomination.

When news broke earlier this month that Baucus was going to be appointed ambassador, Walsh said he asked by reporters if he would seek the appointment. Walsh was noncommittal, saying he had not had not had time to discuss the matter with his family and advisers.

On Dec. 20, Walsh told the Associated Press that Bullock had not approached him about a potential appointment.

“I have not thought about that and will not speculate what Governor Bullock is going to do,” Walsh told the AP.

Chuck Johnson is chief of the Lee Newspapers State Bureau in Helena. He can be reached by email at: chuck.johnson@lee.net or by phone at (406) 447-4066 or (800) 525-4920.

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  1. walter12
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    walter12 - December 30, 2013 7:28 am
    You people can have Walsh for a short time. He will only be there for 10 months or so.
  2. Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria
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    Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria - December 29, 2013 4:36 pm
    Dear Missoulian censorship master;
    I posted a comment about mantananurses 'women's health' claims. Please publish it
    Censorship is not an American value. It was well within your policy. I personally attacked no one, didn't use foul language etc.., I know it's not inline with your 'progressive' views but censorship?
  3. Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria
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    Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria - December 29, 2013 11:14 am
    The murder of the unborn by despicable sub humans is not a 'women's' issue.
  4. Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria
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    Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria - December 29, 2013 9:34 am
    Enjoy it Walsh. Come fall time, Daines fills the seat.
  5. montananurse
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    montananurse - December 29, 2013 9:23 am
    The thing that bothers me about Mr. Walsh is that he is Washington's choice. We write in our complaints about politicians and vow we will vote out the old and vote in the new. Only Mr. Walsh does not feel new. He feels like Harry Reid's best buddy. Don't get me wrong...........I would vote for Washington's choice before I vote for the Republican party choice, as that choice is anti everything and in specific women's issues.
  6. Yellowdog1
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    Yellowdog1 - December 29, 2013 9:18 am
    After the latest news of his misuse of government powers, I think it would be a huge mistake for him to be appointed.
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