Aug 9, 2014 11:43 PM by Jamie Leary, David Sherman - MTN News
BOZEMAN -- As Democratic state leaders in Montana prepare to nominate a replacement for John Walsh (D) in the race for the U.S. Senate, hundreds of Montana residents are speaking out with their own recommendation for Walsh's replacement: actor Jeff Bridges.
Walsh dropped out of the race on Thursday after revelations that he plagiarized parts of a thesis paper while earning a master's degree at the U.S. Army War College in 2007.
After Walsh withdrew from the race, Lizbeth Pratt of Billings created an online petition at Change.org titled "Encourage Jeff Bridges, Park County Resident, to run for the Montana U.S. Senate." As of Saturday evening, it has received 363 signatures.
Pratt told the Last Best News that Bridges is, "...so charismatic. He's genuine and he loves Montana. He's been here for about 40 years."
In addition, someone created a Facebook page on Friday called "Jeff Bridges for Montana US Senator," and it already has more than 1,100 "likes"
Bridges is a long-time Livingston resident, and while to many he is known more for his iconic role as "the Dude" in the movie "The Big Lebowski" and his early performance the classic Montana-made 1973 hit "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot," he is quite active outside of his acting career.
In March, Montana governor Steve Bullock and his wife Lisa hosted Bridges to recognize the first-ever School Breakfast Champion Award, promoting the importance of school breakfasts.
He has made stops at cities across Montana over the years to support food pantries and the "Breakfast After The Bell" program. It's related to a federally-backed meal provision called the No Kid Hungry program.
The Democrat's nominating convention will start Saturday, August 16th at 9 a.m. at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds. No word if Bridges will be on the list of potential candidates.