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.