Lining ‘em up Republican coffee hosts candidate forum

Candidates attending the Prairie County Republican’s Coffee on Saturday
were from left Scott Aspenlieder, Secretary of State, Kirk Bushman, Public
Service Commission, Derek Skees, state auditor, Jim Ohara, gubernatorial,
Corey Stapleton, gubernatorial, Neil Livingstone, gubernatorial, Brad Johnson, Secretary of State, Jim Lynch, gubernatorial,  Jim Shockley Montana Attorney
General, Rick Hill, gubernatorial, Denny Rehberg, U.S. Senate, Steve Daines,
U.S. House, Ken Miller, gubernatorial and Dennis Teske, U.S. Senate.

  Montana and the nation are at a crossroads. That was the collective message candidates shared during Saturday’s Prairie County Republican Coffee.

With about 14 candidates on hand, each sharing about a five-minute presentation on viewpoints and political agendas, Saturday afternoon’s event was one of the larger gatherings the annual Republican affair has hosted in recent years. 
Candidates included six gubernatorial, two running for Montana’s Secretary of Sate, one contender each for Public Service Commission, Supreme Court Justice, State Auditor and Montana Attorney General. U.S. Rep Denny Rehberg, as well as Terry resident, and novice politico, Dennis Teske, who will face off during the June Primary in hopes of challenging U.S. Senator Jon Tester in November, were both on hand. Republican candidate Steve Daines, who is seeking Rehberg’s U.S. House seat also attended.
Pointing to Montana’s adverse regulatory environment, Republicans chastised the state’s current administration for stifling energy development where financial rewards are already being reaped in neighboring states.
Repealing Obamacare was another popular agenda attack item. 
Prairie County Republican Central Committee Chairman Larry Keltner served as moderator, ensuring candidates kept to their allotted time.

Published February 22, 2012

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