Montana Campaign Ad Prompts Political Guessing Game

Posted November 18, 2013 at 3:01pm

A recent job posting seeking a highly motivated campaign manager got tongues wagging about just who the mystery employer might be. When you start off a post with “Duties include everything,” it’s the kind of honesty normally not seen in job listings.

The HOH tipster who stumbled across the matter-of-fact solicitation — “If you don’t already know what it takes to run a multi million dollar statewide campaign, you’re not qualified,” is far and away our favorite caveat — just assumed that the bid for a seasoned congressional strategist was coming from Senate hopeful John Bohlinger. The former lieutenant governor is the latest Democrat to toss his hat into the ring to succeed retiring Montana Democrat Max Baucus.

Turns out, the opening in question is to help usher forth Dirk Adams’ bid.

“People have realized it’s going to be a contested primary,” political fundraiser Jerald Lentini told HOH about the brewing race.

Lentini stressed that Adams, who announced his candidacy earlier this year, is determined to represent the same people he’s grown to know and love during the nearly three decades he’s spent as a cattle rancher. “We’re going to be putting on a first-class race … because that’s exactly what the people of Montana deserve,” Lentini asserted.

He noted that Adams was making the rounds in Washington, D.C., this week and is looking forward to formally announcing his full team (he’s still hunting for a finance director, as well) in early December.

Meanwhile, Montana Republican Rep. Steve Daines has officially announced his desire to make the leap from the House to the Senate.