Dem Bohlinger likens tea party to Taliban as he launches Montana Senate bid

November 7, 2013

Former Montana lieutenant governor John Bohlinger (D) officially announced his bid for the Senate Wednesday, comparing the tea party's recent actions to the Taliban and the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.

“We need to challenge the Tea Party representatives who like the Taliban shut our country down,” Bohlinger told reporters, according to the Billings Gazette.

The paper reported that Bohlinger compared the actions of tea party representatives in the lead-up to the shutdown to the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Bohlinger is a former Republican running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Max Baucus (D). He joins Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D), the front-runner for his party's nomination. On Wednesday, Sen. Jon Tester (D) endorsed Walsh.

On the Republican side, the front-runner is Rep. Steve Daines, who also entered the race on Wednesday.

The Fix rated Montana the third-most likely race to flip party control in its most recent round of rankings.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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