Gov. Steve Bullock confirmed Tuesday that he’s formed a political action committee that can raise money for a possible run for federal office – but wouldn’t say what office he may pursue.
“2020 is a long, long way away,” he told reporters in his Capitol office. “I have no idea what I’ll be doing at that point.”
Montana’s term limits prevent Bullock, a Democrat, from running for a third term as governor in 2020. He won re-election to second term last year.
The New York Times reported the existence of the new federal PAC, called Big Sky Values, Monday evening, and said Bullock is considering a run for president in 2020.
Yet sources told MTN News Tuesday that a more likely future political path for Bullock is running against Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in 2020.
When asked Tuesday whether he might run for either office, Bullock didn’t answer directly, saying he’s concentrating on his “dream job” as governor.
“Really, what I’m focused on is making sure not only that we implement stuff coming out of the last legislative session, but to move our state forward, so that’s my principal focus,” he told MTN News.
Still, Bullock sounded like a future candidate when he explained how the Big Sky Values PAC would be used to finance any travel he might have to visit out-of-state events and talk about his successes in Montana, such as passing Medicaid expansion or campaign-finance reform.
“I think that Montana has an important voice to lend to the national discussion of how to get things done, how we work together, and how we advance not only Montana, but the country,” he said.
Bullock was in Providence, R.I., this past weekend for the National Governors Association’s summer meeting.
He spoke in May at a forum sponsored by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, and is scheduled to attend the Aspen Institute next week in Aspen, Colo., to talk about the “Divided States of America,” an event often attended by Democratic donors.
Bullock said also has formed a state-based political action committee that allows him to raise money to support political causes or candidates at the local level.