New Montana GOP Chairwoman Promises to Stay the Course

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – New Montana Republican Party Chairwoman Liane Johnson says that she plans to continue the party’s strategy in the state.

Johnson, previously vice-chair, took over when Erik Iverson resigned from the top post.

Johnson says Montana Republicans did well during a tough electoral year for the party nationwide. She pointed to gains in the state Senate, and a tie with Democrats in the state House.

And although the party lost all five races for statewide seats to Democrats, it did hold onto Montana for Republican John McCain.

Johnson says candidate recruitment and building local GOP operations will remain top priorities.

Johnson, a farmer and rancher in Glacier County, says she is not sure if she will seek to remain chairwoman when the post expires this summer.