1203Montana RLC endorsements?
- Jun 1, 2006I'd like the RLC national board to please consider the endorsement of
the following Montana Republican candidates for election or re-election
Ed Butcher (R)
House District 29
Ed Butcher is the primary mover and shaker behind term limits in
Montana. He is also behind the effort to Stop Over Spending (SOS), the
TABOR-like initiative in Montana,
Steve Eschenbacher (R)
State Representative candidate
House District 96
Eschenbacher, 50, said Montana's biggest budget items are prisons and
schools, “and I don't know if we're getting our money's worth out of
either of them. Where is the money going?”
Eschenbacher, whose campaign slogan is “an ordinary man in an
extraordinary place,” said he has “Libertarian leanings” and prefers as
little government as possible.
“But I know government is a fact of life,” he said.
“I am looking for what is fair and efficient,” he said. “What gets the
best result for the effort? There's a problem with government when it
tries to do too much.”
Eschenbacher said he'll analyze bills and laws for their effect on
people, for their intrusiveness, and for whether they serve a “real and
Some don't, he argues. Government regulates speed limits, even though
“reasonable and prudent” standards work better and result in fewer
deaths than specific speed ceilings, he said.
Violent and predatory criminals need to be locked up, but tossing
someone in jail for a single marijuana cigarette “doesn't make sense to
me,” he said.
“Mostly what I want to do is not criminalize so much behavior, not tell
people what to do,” he said. “We are just too quick to pass laws when
education is better.”
Eschenbacher said he's not proposing big reforms or major changes. He
also said he's doesn't like political infighting and cross-party
“If people would just start talking and stop demonizing the other
side,” governing would be more efficient and focused, he said.
Twenty years in the Army helped hone that desire for focus, he said. He
said military people learn to quickly find and study a problem, break
it down, understand it, and collaborate with lots of people for
“You learn to accurately define a problem, not what you want it to be,
but what it is,” he said.
“If your boss doesn't like it, you have to take whatever he tells you
to do and adapt it. You work 120 hours a week. You have a job, and you
get it done.”
[still excerpted from the news story talking about the GOP primary]Both candidates said they can take the time to represent their
district. Eschenbacher has his own law practice in Hamilton; Minjares
said she has the blessings of her company.