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GOP field grows wider for Montana governor - Wed, 05 Oct 2011 PST


HELENA – A crowded Republican primary field vying for Montana governor in 2012 is growing even larger, with state Sen. Jeff Essmann joining an already large field. Two others, a science fiction author and an anti-wolf activist, joined the list of GOP candidates seeking to replace Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who is leaving office because of term limits.


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S-R Media, The Spokesman-Review and Spokesman.com are happy to assist youContact Customer Service by email or call 800-338-8801 var cs_eml_hash = "ZirZ@spokesman.Zom"; var eml = cs_eml_hash.replace(/Z/g,"c"); var csm_elements = document.getElementsByClassName("csmlink"); for (var i=0;i Jeff Essmann joining an already large fieldTwo others, a science fiction author and an anti-wolf activist, joined the list of GOP candidates seeking to replace Democratic GovBrian Schweitzer, who is leaving office because of term limitsEssmann, from Billings, became the eighth GOP candidate Tuesday night when he announced with a promise to reform the state tax code to spur investment, make public the state checkbook and establish a “hotline” in the governor’s office for those having problems getting through government red tapeLike other GOP candidates, he promised to lure higher-paying jobs and promised to be a state leader who would stand up to the Obama administrationEssmann is perhaps best known for leading the Legislature’s crackdown on medical marijuanaDemocrats have two candidates, including state Attorney General Steve BullockEarlier this week, Republican Bob Fanning of Pray, known for opposing the reintroduction of wolves and fighting their continued protection, began publicizing his plans to runReal estate investor and self-published science fiction writer Drew Turiano filed paperwork Monday that would allow him to start raising money for a gubernatorial bidBetter-known Republicans in the race include former U.SRepRick Hill, who shot out of the gate late last year with plenty of support from party insiders and a strong fundraising lead; former state SenKen Miller of Laurel, who is trying to rally tea party support with his cadre of green shirt-clad supporters; and former state SenCorey Stapleton of BillingsConsultant Neil Livingstone, frequently seen on cable television as a security and terrorism expert, has moved back to Helena from Washington, D.C., to mount a campaign with former Navy SEAL and current Whitefish state SenRyan Zinke as his running mate for lieutenant governorChouteau County Commissioner Jim O’Hara is trying to distinguish his candidacy with hand-painted billboards in every county featuring a rendition of the local county courthouseFanning, a former businessman now known for leading the Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd group, said he will raise enough money to be competitive and promote his credentials as a fiscal and social conservative with a libertarian streakTuriano, who worked on the unsuccessful 2008 U.SSenate campaign of Mike Lange, said he hopes to be the most conservative in the crowded fieldHe said he opposes any type of abortion, even in cases of rape, and actively supports states nullifying federal laws they opposeBullock, the Democrat, has been stockpiling money and using his position as the state’s attorney general to gain attentionHe is so far only challenged in his party’s primary by state SenLarry Jent of Bozeman, who has lagged behind in fundraising and organizational support

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