Sunday, February 5, 2012
In Case You Missed It - Jim O'Hara for Governor
Some may believe that you can only run for office if you have a lot of money. But, one Montana man isn't letting the fact that he doesn't have that much cash stop him from running for governor of the state.
CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman traveled 50 miles outside of Great Falls to find Jim O'Hara.
O'Hara told Hartman that he chose to live in the remote part of the state because you get the best of both worlds: solitude and the ability to drive to town and get coffee with your "neighbors."
Being from such a remote area puts O'Hara at a disadvantage for getting votes. So, instead of relying on a PAC, he's packing paintbrushes, paint and billboards to get his message across.
O'Hara is driving from city to put up hand-painted campaign billboards featuring each county's courthouses to "(let the) people of Montana know that Jim O'Hara is running for governor."
"Courthouses are the foundation of government," he said, explaining why he chose to paint courthouses."They belong to the people."
Painting all the different, unique county courthouses in Montana may seem difficult, but the harder task was still up ahead: He decided to put each one up in the county where the corresponding courthouse was located. Just driving two or three billboards to their right location across the vast state is already a 1,000 mile round trip. O'Hara has logged over 20,000 miles to get his name out there in a few dozen places.
Cedar's Take: If I lived in Montana I'd vote for Jim O'Hara. How could you not vote for this guy?