Report: Sen. Baucus set to retire – pick up opportunity for GOP?

Posted by: ST on April 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

Breaking news – via Politico:

Montana Sen. Max Baucus will not seek reelection in 2014, becoming the latest senior red-state Democrat to bail out of a potentially difficult reelection campaign, a senior Democratic official confirmed to POLITICO.

Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, had nearly $5 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter but was expected to face a tough fight in his GOP-leaning home state.

Democratic strategists say that former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a populist two-term statewide official, is leaning toward running for the open seat.
The retirement was first reported by The Washington Post.

Baucus joins colleagues Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Carl Levin of Michigan and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey in exiting the 2014 race. His Montana seat is likely to be one of the toughest on that list for Democrats to defend.

Baucus, as you may recall, is the Democrat Senator who made waves last week when he described the implementation of Obamacare – a bill of which he was the primary author – as a “train wreck”:

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Wednesday he fears a “train wreck” as the Obama administration implements its signature healthcare law.

Baucus, the chairman of the chamber’s powerful Finance Committee and a key architect of the healthcare reform law, said he fears people do not understand how the law will work.

“I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” he told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a Wednesday hearing. “You and I have discussed this many times, and I don’t see any results yet.”

Baucus pressed Sebelius for details about how the Health Department will explain the law and raise awareness of its provisions, which are supposed to take effect in just a matter of months.

“I’m very concerned that not enough is being done so far — very concerned,” Baucus said.

Shoulda thought about that before you wrote such a monstrosity of a bill, Senator …

Anyway, not sure what potential GOP contenders for Baucus’ seat in Montana are out there, but you might want to put this one on your “2014 Must-Watch Races” list. The GOP has several opportunities for prime Senate pick-ups next year. If only they don’t screw it up.

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4 Responses to “Report: Sen. Baucus set to retire – pick up opportunity for GOP?”

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  1. Phineas says:

    Interesting. Kind of reminds me of Nebraska’s Ben Nelson, who got out after being booed out of a local pizza place for the “Cornhusker Kickback.” Obamacare is Baucus’ big accomplishment, but it’s blown up in his face.

    Denny Rehberg lost a close race in 2012 against John Tester in MT, largely because the vote on the Right split as the Democrats ran ads (as I recall) for the Libertarian candidate. He’s said he not interested in running for office anymore, but this might change his mind. I don’t know who else there is in a position to run.

  2. Lorica says:

    said he fears people do not understand how the law will work.

    DUH Ya Moron!!! No one will know how this will work Dumba**!! If you left it up the the mind of the lunatic left (Sebelius), no one will ever figure out how this will work or effect us all.

    I am so happy that Stupid Tom Harkin is finally retiring. I really hope the Rep Party in Iowa gets someone good to run for the seat, and that the people will vote Rep. Iowa needs to come back to it’s Republican roots. – Lorica

  3. Great White Rat says:

    If only they don’t screw it up.

    There’s the rub. The GOP isn’t called the Stupid Party for nothing.

  4. Carlos says:

    “If only they don’t screw it up.”

    Surely, there’s got to be at least one of the remaining 18 people in MT that would be willing to run…

    But seriously, I’ve got personal reasons to believe there’s no such person (one that won’t screw it up by having a mouth that just won’t know when not to function when the brain is telling it to say something really, really stupid). In all my travels and travails, I’ve never met anyone in or from MT that had half a clue.

    They gave the rest the nation Baucus, didn’t they, as the best of their best?

    ‘Course, that could be said ’bout CA, too, what with DiFi, Nazi and Babs.