Candidates Living on a Prayer (or in Pray)
Bob Fanning is the least conventional (and logical) candidate in this race, which is something, considering that Neil Livingstone is on the ballot. Fanning’s candidacy has been such a disaster that not even Chuck Baldwin was willing to remain a part of the team. A veritable gaggle of illogical (and unconstitutional) positions, three running mates, and one dead campaign.
Jim Lynch probably isn’t a Republican, probably isn’t running for any other reason than spite, and definitely won’t be the Republican nominee for governor. While he certainly did enough commercials while he was the head of DOT to get his name recognition up, his ugly departure from state work and subsequent partisan transformation make him unlikely to get more than a per cent or two in the primary–brazen, inflammatory TEA Party rhetoric notwithstanding.
Jim O’Hara seems like a nice enough guy who thought it would be interesting to run for governor and in a different year, he might have been a moderate choice for the GOP. No moderate is going to win this field, and O’Hara, other than a brief appearance on the CBS news for his entirely cool highway signs, hasn’t been able to distinguish himself from the field.
Neil Livingstone would be a viable candidate, if this were an election to determine the best candidate to provide travel advice to brothels, illegally lobby for terrorists, coddle dictators, or teach a workshop about writing an entirely fantastic autobiography.
The campaign can’t raise any money and has been plagued by one embarrassment after another. The only real mystery is why Ryan Zinke hitched his wagon to this rickety RV. Given that many saw him as a potential gubernatorial candidate as little as six months ago, it’s a mystery why he’s chosen to end his political career in this farce of a campaign.