Montana Democrats nominate a really weird new Senate candidate in a last ditch effort to help Harry Reid

Sen. John Walsh’s (D-MT) decision to end his campaign amid allegations that he plagiarized an academic paper he turned in while attending the U.S. Army War College left Montana Democrats scrambling to find someone to run against Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT), the Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate race.

Well, with less than 80 days until the election, Democrats selected their replacement nominee over the weekend, choosing state Rep. Amanda Curtis (D-Butte) to go up against Daines, who is viewed as the favorite in the fall:

Curtis, 34, was chosen Saturday as the Democrats’ replacement candidate for Sen. John Walsh, who withdrew from the race earlier this month over plagiarism allegations. She is a high school math teacher from Butte whose political experience amounts to a single term in the Montana Legislature, but she is touting her relative inexperience and blue-collar roots as assets, not liabilities.

She framed her campaign as one that will champion the interests of the working class against those of the wealthy and of corporations, and she put her Republican opponent, Rep. Steve Daines, squarely on the side of the latter.

“This is the fundamental difference between Steve Daines and me,” Curtis said. “He seems like a nice guy with a wonderful family, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t understand what life is like for the rest of us.”

As you can see, Curtis plans to make populist overtures to Montana voters, hoping that it’ll boost her long-shot candidacy. Meanwhile, via the National Review, comes a compilation of some videos of the newly anointed candidate, in which she shares her dismissive thoughts national debt and Christians. She also says you have to have an abnormal brain to vote against Medicaid expansion and calls herself an “anarchist at heart”:

Uhhh. Wow.

Daines had a nearly 14-point lead over Walsh, according to Real Clear Politics. While no polling has been conducted in the match-up against Curtis, one would imagine that a one-term legislators with no name ID who appears to hold some very unusual views isn’t going to help Democrats keep this seat.


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