Please make this happen.
Jim Messina, the architect of President Obama’s successful reelection campaign, has been asked about replacing Sen. Max Baucus (D) in the U.S. Senate.
Obama’s 2012 campaign manager has fielded calls from high-level officials in Montana asking if he would serve as a placeholder for Baucus, whom Obama is nominating to serve as U.S. ambassador to China, according to a Montana source familiar with the conversations.
Baucus would leave his seat upon his confirmation, allowing Montana’s Democratic governor to appoint a replacement.
Speculation on Gov. Steve Bullock’s appointment has centered on Lt. Gov. John Walsh, who is running to succeed Baucus. If Walsh were appointed, it could improve his chances of defeating the leading Republican candidate, Rep. Steve Daines (Mont.).
Messina could also be an intriguing candidate, however, given his deep connections with state and national political leaders. Messina served as chief of staff for Baucus before joining Obama’s team, and was influential in Obama’s decision to nominate Baucus as envoy to China.
Having the creepy-looking Harry Reid in the Senate just isn’t enough. Democrats indeed need a guy like Messina.