Chuck Baldwin Gets Attention for Tea Party Statements

We previously reported here at IPR that former Constitution Party presidential nominee Chuck Baldwin might be entertaining the idea of running for Governor of Montana, either under the label of the Constitution Party or as a Republican. Now Baldwin is making news again, this time for a statement he has made in a number of speeches to tea party events.

Former Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin moved to Montana a few months ago and has vowed to mold the state into what he thinks it should look like. The potential 2012 gubernatorial candidate also has an opinion about those who lived here before him.

“There are a lot of people that were born in Montana but are not Montanans,” Baldwin said recently at the Kalispell rally. “And there are a lot of people, like me, who were not born in Montana but we have been Montanans our whole lives.”

I’ve only lived in the state 10 years, but apparently that has nothing to do with how “real” my residency is. The majority of my staff was born and raised here, but that doesn’t matter either. The litmus test for becoming a “real Montanan,” according to Baldwin, is determined by whether you agree with him.

Baldwin has not stated definitively whether he will run for Governor of Montana, but it seems likely if one examines his statements as of late about the prospect. The rumor is that he will seek to re-qualify the Constitution Party for the ballot, not run in the Republican primaries.

9 thoughts on “Chuck Baldwin Gets Attention for Tea Party Statements

  1. Timothy Yung

    I am not sure if it is the right time for him to run. The CP of Montana should have Rick Jore, who has lived in Montana his entire life and actually won elected office, ran for governor. Chuck Baldwin should run for a lower office.

  2. Steve

    I’m not sure Chuck Baldwin should run for any office. I know I’d be awfully skeptical if someone moved to my state and ran for office, even if I agreed with them. Jore would be good and Baldwin should use his influence to help him. Then maybe in a few years Baldwin could run.

    But then again, I supported LP newcomer Bob Barr for the nomination in 2008, so what do I know.

  3. paulie

    I’m not sure Chuck Baldwin should run for any office. I know I’d be awfully skeptical if someone moved to my state and ran for office, even if I agreed with them. Jore would be good and Baldwin should use his influence to help him. Then maybe in a few years Baldwin could run.

    That makes sense.

  4. Mark Seidenberg

    Steve,

    Are you talking about 2016 or 2012? If your talking about 2012, it is a non-starter, because of
    the registration requirement to run in Montana.

    Baldwin is not going to be elected Governor in 2012 because he can get out of the starting gate
    in 2012.

    Sincerely, Mark Seidenberg, Vice Chairman,
    American Independent Party

  5. Trent Hill Post author

    Mark,

    Richard Winger already informed us that he would meet residency requirements in the other thread. No offense,but we trust his legal mind over yours.

  6. Red Phillips

    I like Baldwin, but it is too early for him to run. He needs to wait until 2016 at least. To move to a state and then quickly run for office just has an unsavory feel about it. It did when Hillary did it. It did when Alan Keyes did it.

    Also, he needs to lay off the idea that what makes a real Montanan is whether or not you endorse a particular creed. Not only is it offensive to Montanans who have been there since birth or much longer than Baldwin, but it also recapitulates the national level “Creedal Nation” fallacy at the state level.

  7. Cody Quirk

    I think Jore would perform better.

    = As much as he lacks integrity when it comes to the issue of the national CP; unfortunately you’re right- when compared to a potential candidate like Baldwin >:(

  8. Trent Hill

    Jore wouldnt be that much of a better candidate, I dont think. But both of them have some statewide cred. I think both should run for some office, local or statewide.

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