Feb 8, 2012 1:27 PM by Marnee Banks (Helena)
Corey Stapleton has selected former MT State Senator Bob Keenan of Bigfork as his running mate in the race to become the next Montana governor.
Keenan owns his own business in Bigfork, and once served as the President of the Montana Senate.
During a press conference in Helena on Wednesday, Stapleton says he chose Keenan because of his background and his commitment to expanding Montana's economy, adding, "There is nobody better, not in the Republican Party, but in either party across this state, at understanding state government."
Keenan said, "It doesn't matter what happens throughout the primary, but Corey Stapleton has the pedigree, has the training, he has the leadership and the experience to be the governor of the State of Montana and lead us into the future."
Stapleton says the focus of their campaign will be to reduce the size of government while expanding the state's economy.
Three other Republican candidates announced their running mates recently: Neil Livingstone is running with Ryan Zinke; Rick Hill is running with Jon Sonju; and Ken Miller is running with Bill Gallagher.