The following is a news release is from State Representative and U.S. Senate-hopeful Champ Edumnds (R-Missoula).
On Tuesday morning Champ Edmunds, who was challenging Sen. Baucus in the 2014 election, used social media to respond to Baucus's announcement that he plans to retire and will not seek reelection in 2014.
"I want to thank Senator Baucus for his nearly 40 years in Washington D.C."
"Our State and our Nation are facing new challenges that demand fresh ideas and new leadership. The man who authored Obamacare and voted for gun control should no longer represent Montana."
"I am running for Montana and the values we all hold dear. I will work for Montanans. I will work to reduce the debt, I will work to remove waste and I will always stand for the rights of all Montanans."
"I wish the Senator the best in retirement."
Champ Edmunds, a 10-year Navy veteran and University of Montana graduate, is currently serving his second term in the Montana House of Representatives where he sits on the House Appropriations committee.
More information about Representative Champ Edmunds is available at his campaign website, www.champ2014.com.