Buchanan, who has held appointed positions in state government as far back as the 1980s, was formally endorsed at a Friday rally at the state Capitol by Democrat Dorothy Bradley and Republican Marc Racicot, who ran against each other in the state’s 1992 election for governor.
All three argued that Buchanans’ campaign represents a chance for voters in Montana’s eastern district, which includes Billings, Great Falls and Helena, to choose something other than the divisive partisanship that has come to dominate Montana politics in recent years.
“Gary’s whole life has been involved with strong and safe communities in Montana in an effort to preserve our democracy, and the independence, the freedom, and the way of life that we all cherish,” said Racicot, who served two terms as Montana governor after winning the 1992 election, chaired the Republican National Committee in the early 2000s, and was chairman of President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign.
In his remarks, Buchanan lamented excessive partisanship in Montana politics, saying he believes there is a sizable middle among the state’s electorate, what he called “an eight-lane highway” down the middle of the political spectrum.
“In Montana, so many of us get along. Why do we let our politicians tear us apart?” he asked.
Rosendale’s campaign responded Friday by calling Buchanan “a Democrat out to mislead Montanans.”