More 2012 senate races are starting to become clearer, as Republican Representative Denny Rehberg of Montana has announced an interest in running against sitting Democratic senator Jon Tester.
Via The Hill:
Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) has announced that he will take on Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in 2012.
The six-term Congressman will formally declare his candidacy Saturday night, but told the Billings Gazette of his electoral plans earlier in the day.
“If this is a campaign on the issues with two contrasting philosophies, I better represent the state of Montana,” Rehberg said.
He argued that having Montana represented by two Democrats — Tester and Sen. Max Baucus — is limiting the state, and that Montana’s residents want a new approach.
“We essentially have one senator, two people voting the same way, doing the same thing,” Rehberg said. “It’s contrary to what Montana people want. Stop the spending, slow down the spending, find waste, fraud and abuse and right the ship.”
Every candidate searches for a good reason to run, but as far as justification goes, Rehberg’s is pretty bad. If it was really important for every state to have two senators voting different ways, we wouldn’t have elections, we would simply appoint a senator from each party from every state into the senate. If voters want a different voice, they’ll say so at the ballot box.