Rick Jore to Run Again

This article in the Billings Gazette lays out what will be a bitter re-running of the Montana State House race that Rick Jore lost by only a few votes in 2004.

Jeanne Windham and Rick Jore, whose recount of the 2004 vote in House District 12 was decided by the state Supreme Court, both plan to seek election to the seat again.

Windham, a Democrat elected to the seat that serves Lake County, announced Monday she will seek a second term.

Jore, a former Republican legislator who ran as a Constitution Party candidate, said the party is gathering signatures to put him on the ballot. He said he expected to be able to file for office in February.

Republicans are also expected to field a candidate in the race, but no one has announced yet.

Windham won her first term in a close race against Jore, who was initially declared the winner. Recounts and subsequent court rulings on the intention of voters in the case of double-marked ballots put Windham in the Legislature, splitting the House 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans.

The race in House District 12 remained controversial, even after Windham joined the Legislature. After hearings at the District Court and Supreme Court levels, Jore was ordered to pay $15,000 in attorney fees for a case he had very little role in.

Jore has refused to pay the fees, and even Windham has said it wasn’t her intention that Jore pay for those fees.

Peter “Mike” Meloy, a Helena attorney who handled the case for a Lake County resident who challenged the initial election results, had attached Jore’s bank account, but Jore said Monday that Meloy hasn’t attempted to collect any money.

Jore said his campaign will “convey the principles of the Constitution and limited government that we’ve gotten far away from.”

Windham said that during her first term in the legislature she has been active on property tax relief, education, water rights, the state’s minimum wage and laws protecting children and families from violent offenders.

“Montana is on the right track,” Windham said. “We should continue to live within our means, while providing real solutions for and protecting the rights of our most vulnerable citizens, which ultimately benefits all Montanans.”

As a side note, I hope the Jore campaign sets up a nice website with an online donation form. My guess is that there are hundreds of people nationally who’ve followed this story and would be more than happy to donate $20 or even more to his campaign. I know I would.

5 Responses to “Rick Jore to Run Again”

  1. Kyle B Says:

    I would be really surprised if Rick Jore didn’t win by a decent margin this time.

  2. Adam Says:

    I would like to see Jore win, but I would also like to see the Democrats hold on to the State House.

  3. Kyle B Says:

    being a Democrat I would agree with you Adam

  4. rj Says:

    I wonder if the Republicans take a hint and run a softie. Jore would be even more solid on conservative bills in the legislature than anyone they could nominate.

  5. Joey Dauben Says:

    RJ, that’s like saying Howard Dean shouldn’t have run because Ralph Nader was better versed on liberal principles.

    The GOP has everything to lose if they don’t run a big-name, or at least a candidate that can knock off Jore.

    Jore to the GOP is like a traitor, really.

    I hope Jore wins though…