EMILY'S List president won't run in Montana Senate race
July 30th, 2013
02:32 PM ET
12 months ago

EMILY'S List president won't run in Montana Senate race

(CNN) – Following former Gov. Brian Schweitzer's surprising decision not to run for an open Senate seat next year in Montana, another high profile Democrat from the state has declined to jump into the race.

Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY'S List, a group that works to get Democratic women elected to public office, announced Tuesday she will not run for the Senate in 2014.

"Montana raised me, and it will always be my heart. It has been truly incredible to hear from so many folks who believe in me. I would love to say yes, but this is not the right time," she said in a statement.

Schriock added there is "much work to be done" in her current cause, "fighting on behalf of women and standing up against a concerted effort to roll back the clock on our freedoms and opportunities."

"I will always be committed to the people who taught me that those freedoms are something we must keep fighting to protect," her statement continued. "Montana is my home and I will always want to be a part of its future."

A former campaign manager and chief of staff to Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, Schriock has deep ties to her home state's political machine. She also helped run Democrat Al Franken's Senate bid during an expensive, highly competitive Minnesota race in 2008 that ended in a recount, which Franken ultimately won.

Schriock was one of a few Democratic names floating around after Schweitzer, the would-be Democratic frontrunner, decided not to go forward with a campaign bid earlier this month.

Democrats are talking to other names in the state, including Montana Supreme Court Justice Brian Morris and Montana public schools Superintendent Denise Juneau.

The ultimate winner next November will succeed Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who announced earlier this year he would not seek a seventh term in the Senate.

Schweitzer's decision gave national Republicans hope they could potentially pick up the seat as they attempt to retake control of the Senate. While the seat has long been in Democratic hands, Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook, two nonpartisan political handicappers, rate the Montana Senate race as a toss-up in 2014.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Left wing candidates can't win in Montana. If the dems want to keep this seat, they have to run a blue dog... but they've run all those out of their "big tent".

    July 30, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    One thing's for sure, it's seriously beginning to look like both the Grand Limbaugh had Hannity will be taken off the AM airwaves in at least 40 major cities around the country in the very near future. It would seem that they are having a problem finding advertisers for their syndicated shows. For some reason, not many want to be associated with either of them. See ya'.

    July 30, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. TomInRochNY

    The republicans will run some extremist wingnut and all their hopes will fade with the first screwball comment about womens' issues.

    July 30, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Steveo

    Hey,

    I'm not running for Senator in Montana either! Where's my headline?

    July 30, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    One thing's for sure, it's seriously beginning to look like both the Grand Limbaugh had Hannity will be taken off the AM airwaves in at least 40 major cities around the country in the very near future. It would seem that they are having a problem finding advertisers for their syndicated shows. For some reason, not many want to be associated with either of them. See ya'.
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    I don't listen to either one but are you saying some on the left do not tolerate the First Amendment? Surely it is not about money! So when do we say bye-bye to the entire cast of MSNBC?

    July 30, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Left wing candidates can't win in Montana. If the dems want to keep this seat, they have to run a blue dog... but they've run all those out of their "big tent".
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    Nah. No, they haven't. Look around you. Have you ever heard of a "red dog" candidate? Me, neither.

    July 30, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. ????

    "Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY'S List, a group that works to get Democratic women elected to public office, announced Tuesday she will not run for the Senate in 2014."
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    Translation: Republican control of the House and Senate in 2014.

    July 30, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Carolyn

    @TomInRochNY
    The republicans will run some extremist wingnut and all their hopes will fade with the first screwball comment about womens' issues.
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    No matter who the Republicans run they won't be as bad for women as that Democratic freak show starring Weiner, Spitzer or Filner.

    July 30, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Anybody is better than a teaparty GOP clown!!!!!

    July 30, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Data Driven

    Unless the Montana GOP voters put up a "tea party" nut, this should be a safe seat for them.

    July 30, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |