The Hill reports:
Jim Messina, the architect of President Obama’s successful reelection campaign, has been asked about replacing Sen. Max Baucus (D) in the U.S. Senate.
Obama’s 2012 campaign manager has fielded calls from high-level officials in Montana asking if he would serve as a placeholder for Baucus, whom Obama is nominating to serve as U.S. ambassador to China, according to a Montana source familiar with the conversations.
Baucus would leave his seat upon his confirmation, allowing Montana’s Democratic governor to appoint a replacement.
Speculation on Gov. Steve Bullock’s appointment has centered on Lt. Gov. John Walsh, who is running to succeed Baucus. If Walsh were appointed, it could improve his chances of defeating the leading Republican candidate, Rep. Steve Daines (Mont.).
Messina could also be an intriguing candidate, however, given his deep connections with state and national political leaders. Messina served as chief of staff for Baucus before joining Obama’s team, and was influential in Obama’s decision to nominate Baucus as envoy to China.
Messina has been receiving queries about whether he’d be willing to serve as a placeholder in the Senate in the event Bullock decides not to appoint Walsh, according to the Montana source.
Messina was reportedly surprised about the consideration to replace his former boss. Messina serves as a consultant for the Maryland gubernatorial campaign of Anthony Brown.
Messina created an ad for Baucus in 2002 that has been called “anti-gay” and homophobic.
More details from Buzzfeed:
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina was behind an infamous 2002 anti-gay ad that aired in Montana, according to a profile by Joshua Green in Businessweek.
The ad was run against Mike Taylor, a Republican challenger to Senator Max Baucus of Montana.
Messina, according to Baucus, was responsible for the controversial message.
“Jim is tough,” Baucus says. “I’ll never forget when he showed me that ad. We were in Bozeman in a motel. The curtains were drawn. He said, ‘Max, what do you think?’ They were afraid I wasn’t going to like it. I loved it!”
Liberal writer David Sirota wrote that ”the ad is considered the epitome of homophobic demagoguery” and asked the following question (emphasis added):
In their quest to promote themselves as political tough guys, did Sen. Max Baucus and President Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina just admit to bo
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