Baucus retirement could lead to free-for-all for Montana Senate seat not open since 1978

  • Article by: MATT GOURAS and MATTHEW BROWN , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 24, 2013 - 2:32 AM

HELENA, Mont. - U.S. Sen. Max Baucus' surprise announcement that he won't run for a seventh term could mean a free-for-all for a Senate seat that has not been open since 1978, with a popular Democratic ex-governor and a freshman Republican congressman already showing interest.

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dogmanApr. 23, 13 9:20 AM

If the rumors are true.. it's even more reprehensible that he chickened out on the background check bill

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theagonybhoApr. 23, 13 9:27 AM

Its about time, nice job too BTW, you left our finances in order.

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Opus2013Apr. 23, 13 9:58 AM

No great loss. This was a moderate Republican taking money from Democratic donors. His vote on universal background checks was fatal to any hopes of running as a Dem again.

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honeybooApr. 23, 1310:22 AM

Baucus is like Oberstar, Rostenkowski, Tip O'Neal - the damage is done. Time to move on. Generations of Americans will pay for what he has done while in office.

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MinfidelApr. 23, 1310:30 AM

After he called Obamacare a "trainwreck", Darth Sebelius found his lack of faith disturbing.

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fatredneckApr. 23, 1310:54 AM

Well now that he's done his part in wrecking the economy...his work here is through...time to move on and admire his handiwork from afar.

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sek2undrstndApr. 23, 1310:54 AM

Baucus was one of the masterminds behind the Republican-created Medicare Part D in which the federal government was prohibited from negotiating prescription drug prices like the Veterans Administration does. Estimates have put the expense to Medicare and seniors at somewhere north of $140 BILLION. Obviously, Baucus benefitted mightily from Big Pharma donations after his work which helped keep him in office in the 1996 and 2002 elections. Baucus is just another wayward Wall Street Democrat who sold out to Wall Street rather than make government work for all of us, just like Lieberman, Dodd, Schumer, and Gililbrand. Like a previous poster said, they are more like moderate Republicans than Democrats.

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ELizardApr. 23, 1311:11 AM

Good riddance. After voting no on background checks, he wouldn't win anyway. Let's get a REAL Democrat in there.

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usa2012Apr. 23, 1311:21 AM

This guy knew he wasn't running again when he voted NO to the gun law. Makes his vote even more interesting.

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alwayshappyApr. 23, 1311:26 AM

This guy is the poster child for corruption in Washington. He has been totally owned by the banks, the gun lobby, and the healthcare industry. His former staffers continue to contribute to the corruption by going to work for the lobbyists for these interests. Congress, Montana and the US will be better off with honest politicians as opposed to this scum.

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