John Driscoll wants to make Congress work again

Editor’s note: This is one of 12 profiles featuring a candidate in Montana’s Second Congressional House District primary race. The profiles are being published daily over 12 days and in alphabetical order. Each of the candidates were asked the same questions. 

John Driscoll had promised his wife he wouldn’t run again for Congress unless she asked him to. It wasn’t that he hadn’t been successful in his previous runs.

In 2008, the Helena man pulled a surprising upset in the Democratic primary for Montana’s at-large U.S. House seat. Driscoll not only defeated Jim Hunt but did so with only a couple hundred dollars.

Four-term incumbent Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg then defeated Driscoll soundly in the general election, taking 64% of the vote. Rehberg was a well-known commodity, with folksy anecdotes that stuck with voters, like his promise to sleep on his office couch rather than get too comfortable in what these days is known as the D.C. swamp.

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Again, this year Driscoll got that campaign itch after attending the Montana Democratic Party’s big to-do, the “Mansfield Metcalf Dinner.” He decided he wanted to run for Montana’s Eastern U.S. House District. The

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