Former Green Leader Wins GOP Senate Nomination in Montana

A blog posting on LewRockwell.com observes:

Attorney Bob Kelleher defeated five others to win the Republican primary for US Senator from Montana. The 85-year-old Kelleher is a vocal opponent of the US occupation of Iraq. Kelleher is a former leader of the Montana Green Party, which is no longer qualified for that state’s ballot. He continues to hold the same “green” beliefs.

Among the candidates Kelleher defeated were the former Republican Majority leader of the state legislature and a wealthy Republican businessman. Kelleher spent less than $5000 in the race. He will face incumbent Democrat Max Baucus in November.

What’s going on here? Did Kelleher win the GOP nomination because of his antiwar views? Were the other GOP candidates pro-war? In other words, did Montana Republicans dislike the war so much that they voted for Kelleher DESPITE his green views? Or are both major parties fairly green in Montana?

Anybody know?

5 Responses to “Former Green Leader Wins GOP Senate Nomination in Montana”

  1. Sean Scallon Says:

    Two words: Ron Paul.

    22% of Montanan’s voted for Paul Tuesday. They had to vote for someone for the U.S. Senate. Who do you think it was?

  2. jason Says:

    This is odd considering the incumbent senator is a Democrat (albeit a conservative Democrat). I really hope this guy Kelleher wins the race. It’s obvious he’s running as a Republican just to be able to get elected, not because he believes in any Republican Party values. Maybe more greens should infiltrate the Republican Party like him.

  3. Sean Scallon Says:

    It may very be jason that he’s an infiltrator but so what? This America. He can run on what ever party label he likes. This is what I’ve been urging non-major party people to do for the past couple of years. It’s a joy to watch it come to fruition and be a success. Even if he loses in the fall, he’s already won.

  4. Sean Scallon Says:

    It may very be jason that he’s an infiltrator but so what? This is America. He can run on what ever party label he likes. This is what I’ve been urging non-major party people to do for the past couple of years. It’s a joy to watch it come to fruition and be a success. Even if he loses in the fall, he’s already won.

  5. Gregg Jocoy Says:

    Well, personally I believe folks should run on their own party labels if that is available to them, but if the majors keep us from running as the nominee of our party of choice, I say run. In fact, since South Carolina is a fusion state, if I were running for a partisan local office I would enter the Republican Primary and run as a Green. This county votes Republican, and the primary turn out is low enough that thirty people well organized and disciplined could win such a race.

    Too bad there are only three of us. ;-)

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