MT Politics 2016: Greg vs. Steve?

That title sounds like two all-American guys battling it out – and it may happen!

The National Journal recently reported that Republican businessman Greg Gianforte is laying the groundwork to challenge Democratic Governor Steve Bullock in 2016. If you follow me on Twitter (@TheWesternWord), you would have been one of the first to see the approximately one-thousand-word story.

If the “Greg vs. Steve” contest happens, National Journal contends that Gianforte may be the “wealthiest candidate in Montana history.”

While I don’t know if the “wealthiest candidate” part is true or not, if the reporting from National Journal is to be believed Gianforte may just be the most conservative candidate Montana has seen in a long time. Gianforte may even be the extreme version of Steve Daines.

With the help of blogs and stories like the one in National Review, Gianforte’s views are getting better known across the state, so he may need to personally spend millions of dollars just to keep the needle off the extreme side of the dial.

What worries the Montana Democrats and Bullock is that Gianforte has the wealth to spend in order to move that dial while relentlessly attacking Bullock.

If this contest happens, it will be fun to watch.

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Caught My Eye…

You did not think a little cold weather would keep me from writing another “Caught My Eye” did you? No way! I’ll give up writing “Caught My Eye” when you pry my cold, dead hands from the keyboard…

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Nelson Mandela, Champ Edmunds & Steve Daines, GOP Tutoring, ObamaCare, Seven Percent, plus we have two winners who are Making Montana Proud!

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