Rocked by plagiarism scandal, John Walsh drops out of Montana Senate race


This will make it tougher for Democrats to hold on to their Senate majority.

Breaking news from the Missoulan:

Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race because his campaign was distracted by the controversy over allegations that he plagiarized a U.S. Army War College research paper.

Walsh, a Democrat, said he decided to drop out of the race. He had canceled campaign events this week as he and his family discussed what he would do.

The New York Times reported July 23 that Walsh had plagiarized large portions of the research paper in 2007.

Walsh will serve out the rest of his Senate term, which ends in early January 2015.

“I am ending my campaign so that I can focus on fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me as your U.S. senator,” Walsh said in a statement to supporters. “You deserve someone who will always fight for Montana, and I will.”

John Walsh is strongly pro-abortion and was endorsed by Planned Parenthood’s political arm. In fact, Walsh hired a former Planned Parenthood political staffer to run his campaign.

Democrats will have until August 20 to select a replacement on the ballot. John Walsh was appointed to the United States Senate after Democrat Max Baucus became Ambassador of China. Democrats thought they would have a better chance of holding on to the seat with John Walsh (and his military resume) than Baucus, who was seen as vulnerable because he was the author of Obamacare in the Senate.

Republican Steve Daines looks is great shape to win this seat. Steve Daines is pro-life and even before Walsh’s scandal, he a strong leader over Walsh. Republicans need to win six seats to boot Harry Reid out as Majority Leader and install pro-life leadership in the United States Senate.

Pro-life Steve Daines is endorsed by the Candidate Fund.


Categories:Senate 2014

  • Michael Skaggs

    Note to Jason: Everything is all politics, votes are not gathered around a dinner table if you want to win. Also a question: Is John Walsh of Montana related to Senator Thomas Walsh of Montana from 1913 to 1933? He was mentioned for president and vice president in 1920s.

  • Bob

    I’ll take the good news when we get it these days.

  • Jason Tweed

    Calling Sen. Walsh “pro-abortion” is irresponsible. No one is pro-abortion. Many people support the Supreme Court decision 40 years ago. Personally, I hate abortion. If my wife, my sister, my daughter or any woman were to ask where I stand, I would strongly encourage them to consider adoption. However, I’m not in favor of using my personal morality to enforce it on others. Politically it’s a moot point because there’s no realistic expectation that the law can ever be challenged. To label someone pro-abortion would be like labeling someone who is pro-life as “anti-constitutional or pro-anarchy” because they disagree with the law. The abortion conversation should be happening at dinner tables, churches, synagogues and in doctors’ offices not in political conversation.

    • Rich

      With all respect and love….
      Abortion isn’t about conversations, it’s about murder. We do not allow people to murder others without prosecution (well actually I guess we do) and we do take measures as a society in an attempt to prevent murder, so abortion should not be different.
      Somehow I think that if you asked a US Citizen about 100 years ago if there was a realistic expectation that murdering a child in a mother’s womb would be legal, they would have said that same as you, but the inverse.
      Finally, it’s not about your morality, and it’s certainly not about my morality, it’s about His morality.

      • Harry Smith

        Rich, exactly how do you know what “His” morality is and how do you know “His” morality places a higher value on the continued existence of the fetus over the right of women to choose when to bring another human being into the world? In other words, how do you know that “He” is not pro-choice?

    • Slats

      Jason, basically speaking, there are three basic positions on the legality of abortion in the United States: anti-abortion (pro-life), pro-choice (which sounds as though it is your position), and pro-abortion. Anyone at all associated with Planned Parenthood is pro-abortion. They believe that it is a societal good – or, at the extreme least, of tremendous benefit to them and their ends – that lots of abortions occur. That’s pro-abortion, end of story.

      • Harry Smith

        Slat, correction then: 99.99% of all human beings are not pro-abortion. Over 50% of us are pro-choice. By the way, I know many people associated with Planned Parenthood and not one of them is pro-abortion.



Receive our updates via email.