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.”