Another Montana Democrat has decided not to seek the state’s open Senate seat in 2014.
Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’S List and an oft-mentioned potential candidate, announced Tuesday that she will not run for the Senate seat now held by retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus.
“As you may have heard, I have decided not to run for #MTsen,” Schriock tweeted. “Montana will always be my heart, but this is not the right time.”
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had no comment on her announcement.
National Democrats were forced to reboot their search for a strong candidate earlier this month when former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, long expected to be eyeing the Senate seat, decided not to run.
Baucus said Tuesday that he’s still not worried that Democrats will find a viable candidate — and he’s doing his part to help recruit one.
“There are a lot of good candidates,” Baucus said. “I was talking to one last night and this morning.”
“No names,” Baucus added when pressed, “but there’s a strong base.”
Among the potential candidates still in talks with Democrats are Brian Morris, the chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court, and Denise Juneau, who heads the Montana Office of Public Instruction.