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Former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger announces Democratic Senate bid

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Today in Montana the race for the 2014 U.S. Senate seat changed drastically, not only with Congressman Steve Daines announcement in Bozeman, but here in the Capitol city former Republican Lt. Governor John Bohlinger said he will also be entering the race, but as a Democrat.

Marine Core Veteran, businessmen, two term Senator, and two term Lt. Governor, John Bohlinger believes he has the experience needed for the 2014 Senate seat.

"We have a failing infrastructure here lets put Americans to work rebuilding this economy and this country." says Bohlinger.

Previously Bohlinger ran as Lt. Gov. under Governor Schweitzer, but as a Republican and now switched to the other side of the isle and is running as a Democrat.

"I want to be a part of a party that is going to work towards building that middle class and that is what I will focus my efforts on, creating jobs and opportunity."

Talks of running in the Senate race stirred over the summer, but Bohlinger says the recent government shutdown was the deal breaker on his decision to run, and blames the Republican Tea Party, and especially his now opponent in the race Congressman Steve Daines.

"He was wrong when he voted to shutdown the government, that was a huge huge mistake an expense that was felt all over the country all over our state."

Bohlinger will face current Lt. Gov. John Walsh and Dirk Adams of Wilsall for the Democratic nomination for the seat vacated by Senator Max Baucus.

Bohlinger says compared to his Democratic competition in the race he has to government experience that Montana needs, he plans on building a committee and letting Montana know his presence in the race.

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