Posted: Apr 23, 2013 2:44 PM by MTN News
The reverberation of political shock can be felt from Montana to Washington D.C. today as Senator Max Baucus announces his retirement. The move appears to have taken the White House and other Democratic leaders by surprise. The jockeying for candidates has already begun with former Governor Brian Schweitzer drawing the most attention. Schweitzer told MTN news today that he will wait until after the Stillwater Mine takeover bid works itself out in early May before deciding what he will do. Schweitzer is leading an effort to oust the current board at Stillwater Mine.
Former Baucus communications director Barrett Kaiser told MTN today that everyone is surprised by the retirement but that as his friend he is happy for his new life ahead in Montana. Baucus announced recently that he was planning on building a home in the Bozeman area. Kaiser said that Baucus has been "incredibly effective" as a Senator and was on a glide path to re-election in 2014. Kaiser added that the 45 years of public service gives Baucus a legacy that rivals Mike Mansfield.