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Bohlinger Speaks Out About Heated Senate Race

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John Bohlinger said senator Harry Reid reached out to him in November when it was decided that John Walsh would be appointed to the senate seat vacated by Max Baucus. Bohlinger claimed Reid wanted him to drop out of the race for senate.

"I said to the senator its firstly inappropriate for you and the democratic senatorial campaign committee to involve yourself in the Montana primary. This is a choice for the people of Montana, not the D.C. power brokers. I said there will be a contested primary," said Bohlinger.

The Montana republican party shared Bohlinger's feelings about letting the people of Montana decide on their representatives.

"A lot of folks have been referring to the Walsh appointment as the Big Sky buy-off, and I think Bohlinger is one of those people who feels like Montanan's weren't given an appropriate level of say in who our next senator is going to be," said Bowen Greenwood, the executive director of the Montana Republican Party.

Bohlinger said he is staying in the race because he wants to give the people of Montana the right to decide. When asked about going up against Walsh, he compared it to a 100 yard dash.

"I know I could win the race if he tripped, and he can trip," said Bohlinger.

The Walsh campaign had no comment on Bohlinger's claims, but they said Walsh is honored to serve and is committed to doing right by Montanans.

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