Montana governor Steve Bullock to announce bid for presidency: report
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) plans to announce his candidacy for president in the next two weeks, according to MTN News.
Bullock, who will finish his second term as governor in 2020 and be ineligible for a third term, reportedly plans to enter the crowded field the week of May 13, sources familiar with his plans told the news outlet.
Bullock formed a PAC, Big Sky Values PAC, in 2017 to pay for travel around the country, and has reportedly already hired an Iowa communications staff.
The PAC has raised nearly $1.8 million since July 2017, including $416,000 during the first three months of 2019, and has spent about $1.55 million since its creation, including on donations to other candidates. The group gave $7,700 to Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate confirms Trump’s watchdog for coronavirus funds Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip MORE’s (D-Mont.) 2018 reelection campaign, and has donated to several House candidates in early primary states, according to Open Secrets.
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Galia Slayen, a spokeswoman for Big Sky Values, told MTN that the PAC has “enabled Governor Bullock to highlight his clear and optimistic vision for the future, and help candidates who share his view.”
The PAC’s website touts Bullock’s record as governor, indicating the progressive policies he would likely push on the campaign trail, including raising Montana’s minimum wage, establishing a public pre-kindergarten program and passing what the website calls “one of the most progressive anti-dark money bills in the country.”
Slayen spent the last weekend introducing herself to reporters in Washington and pitching Bullock’s potential candidacy.
It also touts Bullock’s executive order to preserve net neutrality and his refusal to deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border following a Trump administration directive.
Bullock would become the third governor or former governor of a Western state to enter the Democratic field, following Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee calls on Trump to ‘stay out of Washington state’s business’ Seattle mayor responds to Trump: ‘Go back to your bunker’ Trump warns he will take back Seattle from ‘ugly Anarchists’ if local leaders don’t act MORE and former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperGun control group rolls out first round of Senate endorsements The Hill’s Campaign Report: Republicans go on attack over calls to ‘defund the police’ Hickenlooper ethics questions open him up to attack MORE. There are currently 21 Democrats who have declared their candidacy for president.
The PAC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.