Bullock to name Gen. Walsh as running mate

2012-03-07T21:00:00Z 2012-03-08T10:16:24Z Bullock to name Gen. Walsh as running mateBy CHARLES S. JOHNSON Gazette State Bureau The Billings Gazette

HELENA — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Bullock will announce Thursday that his running mate will be Brig. Gen. John E. Walsh, the state's adjutant general and commander of the Montana National Guard, the Gazette State Bureau has learned.

Four political sources who insisted on anonymity confirmed Wednesday night that Walsh is Attorney General Bullock's choice for lieutenant governor. Neither Bullock nor Walsh could be reached for comment.

Bullock, a Democrat, has scheduled a press conference to make the announcement at the Great Falls International Airport at 11:30 a.m. The event will be in the airport's Prairie Room.

Appointed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Walsh has been adjutant general and director of the Montana Department of Military Affairs since September 2008. He previously was director of operations and planning for the Montana National Guard

Walsh served as battalion commander of the 1-163rd Infantry Battalion while deployed to Iraq from December 2004 through November 2005.

He joined the Montana National Guard in 1979 after graduating from Butte High School.

Walsh received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1990 from the State University of New York and a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2007.

Bullock is one of two Democrats running for governor, but he hasn't filed yet. The other Democrat, state Sen. Larry Jent of Bozeman, has not yet named his running mate or filed. The filing deadline is Monday.

Seven Republicans also are seeking the job. Schweitzer, who is completing his second term, cannot seek a third term under Montana's term-limits law.

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