Jul 16, 2013 3:19 PM by Marnee Banks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HELENA - State Auditor Monica Lindeen says she will not be running for the U.S. Senate.
The announcement comes days after former governor Brian Schweitzer announced that he would not be running for the seat being vacated by U.S. Senator Max Bacus (D-MT); Baucus announced several months ago that he will not run for re-election.
Democrats still have not slated a candidate to run for the seat being vacated by Baucus.
Two Republicans have announced: Corey Stapleton and Champ Edmunds, and there is still speculation that freshman U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R-MT) will jump in the race.
Democrats who are also considering a run are Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, president of Emily's List Stephanie Schriock, Montana Lt. Governor John Walsh, and Montana State Representative Franke Wilmer.
Lindeen sent a letter to supporters on Tuesday saying that, "after discussing this at length with my family, I've decided I can best serve Montanans in the job I was just reelected to do Montana is my home, my family is here and I don't want to leave it."