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Why Democrats should hope Steve Bullock runs

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The Democratic presidential field keeps expanding. Not unreasonably, Democratic politicians figure their candidacies have as good a chance as anyone’s to catch fire. The worst that can happen, they figure, is go back to their day jobs. From the perspective of the party and voters, however the question should be whether the 10th or 15th (or whatever) candidate adds something to the mix. In the case of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, the answer is an emphatic yes.

The first question may be: Who the heck is Steve Bullock? Iowa voters are about to find out. Politico reports, “Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana will travel to Iowa at the end of the week as he further explores a run for the Democratic presidential nomination, his Big Sky Values PAC told POLITICO on Tuesday.” Right now he’s tied up with the state legislative sessions, but that doesn’t mean he’s been doing nothing. “Even if he publicly remains coy about his ambitions, Bullock and his team have been quietly laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign. Big Sky Values PAC, for instance, has already tapped veteran operative Megan Simpson to begin organizing in Iowa, as Iowa Starting Line first reported earlier this month.” Those who know him in the party tout him as a solid retail politician with more energy and charisma than, say, low-key former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper.


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