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October 08, 2008

Dem Voting For GOP Foe

Don't look for Montana House candidate John Driscoll to show up on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue roster any time soon. The former speaker of the state House may have hurt his chances somewhat when he admitted in a debate over the weekend that he'll be voting for his opponent, Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg.

Driscoll had promised to vote for Rehberg if the Republican voted against last week's massive Wall Street bailout bill. Rehberg did, and now Driscoll says he's upholding his end of the bargain.

"I promised yesterday that if Congressman Rehberg voted against the bailout package that he had my vote, and this morning the first thing I said to him was, 'Thank you. You've got my vote," Driscoll said during Saturdy's debate, according to the Associated Press.

Driscoll probably wouldn't have made it to the top tier of Democratic challengers anyway: He's promised not to raise money. Instead, his website directs prospective donors to food banks, veterans' organizations and a group that seeks to educate children in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Rehberg hasn't faced a tough race since his first election to Congress in 2000, and he doesn't look too worried about this contest. He knows he's got at least one vote.