Friday Afternoon Round-Up
Lange made national headlines during the legislative session when he launched into an obscenity-laced tirade aimed at Schweitzer.It didn't sound much like he was focusing on "the issues" during his infamous tirade, which, again, took place only two months ago (warning: strong language):
He said Friday he would continue to defend the values he believed in.
When he is in Congress, he would use “kinder words not the full text” of his attack on the governor.
He noted he apologized to the governor and that the subject was “old news.”
Lange stated that negative campaigning is flawed and unnecessary: “Negative campaigning is wrong,” he said. “I will focus on the issues, as I always have.”
Though I've linked to this before, it bears re-linking: the DSCC has compiled a pretty thorough piece on why Mike Lange is entirely unfit for the Senate. Left in the West offers further insights including wondering why Lange would announce on a Friday, the worst day of the week on which to announce anything important. An upside is that Lange's entry makes it less likely that a credible opponent like Rep. Denny Rehberg or fomer Gov. Mark Racicot would enter the race. Should Lange be the sole Republican in the race, it likely doesn't become more competitive than a third-tier race.