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Walsh should resign, draft Bohlinger for Senate

2014-08-04T00:00:00Z 2014-08-04T12:02:07Z Walsh should resign, draft Bohlinger for Senate The Billings Gazette
August 04, 2014 12:00 am

John Walsh is a decent man, a good soldier and a patriot. Like too many of us, he once did something he knew was wrong and, given the nature of the wrong, tried to bury it. As Bill Yellowtail learned in 1996, the embarrassing bones of past sins get dug up.

Who wins the Montana's junior Senate seat may well determine whether we will be mired down for two more years by the GOP's obsession with corporate profits and the destruction of the presidency. Walsh's problem will not go away, and he has no chance of winning. He can do the right and honorable thing: graciously withdraw from the race and allow the party to name a non-toxic candidate. I call upon him to do just that — immediately. The November ballot will be certified, with his name on it, on Aug. 11 unless he acts now, in one last courageous act of service to his country.

If Walsh steps aside, have we send substitute who can save the game? Yes. John Bohlinger won nearly a quarter of the votes in the primary — without party, PAC or corporate big bucks. If he can do that on a starvation budget, he can field a magnificent, issue-driven campaign over the next 90 days and sweep to victory in November. I know he is reluctant to step back into the fray, but I urge the Party to draft John Bohlinger, a champion sprinter, to race to the finish line.

Rev. Thomas A. Dooling

Helena

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