HELENA — Lt. Gov. John Walsh said Saturday that he will seek appointment to the U.S. Senate seat that Sen. Max Baucus will resign after he is confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to China.
“Yes, I’m interested, once Sen. Baucus is confirmed, of filling the position that Gov. (Steve) Bullock will fill,” Walsh said in an interview.
It was Walsh’s first public confirmation that he is interested in the Senate appointment.
Bullock, who chose Walsh last year to be his running mate, will select the person to fill the seat being vacated by Baucus for remainder of his Senate term.
Walsh also is running for a full six-year term in the Senate in 2014 and is in a three-way Democratic primary, while three Republicans are running for the GOP nomination.
When news broke earlier this month that Baucus was going to be appointed ambassador, Walsh was asked by reporters if he would seek the appointment. Walsh was noncommittal, saying he had not discussed the matter with his family and advisers.
On Dec. 20, Walsh told the Associated Press that Bullock had not approached him about a potential appointment.
“I have not thought about that and will not speculate what Governor Bullock is going to do,” Walsh told the AP.