Speculation that former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer will make a presidential bid in 2016 has officially taken on a life of its own. The latest addition to the rumor mill comes from the recently launched website The Run 2016, which has Schweitzer tied for fifth among the Democrats most likely to confess their White House aspirations. Schweitzer shares his spot at the top of the site's second-tier list with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Patrick has stated publicly he won't be seeking another gubernatorial term in 2014.
The Run 2016 was established earlier this year by former Politico reporter David Catanese. Catanese spent much of last year covering the top senate races in the country, including the fierce battle in Montana between incumbent Democrat Sen. Jon Tester and Republican challenger Denny Rehberg. He caught flack last August for a tweet apparently defending Missouri Republican Todd Akin's on-air comment about "legitimate rape," and quickly apologized for his "imprecise wording," explaining he never intended to defend Akin's remarks and only sought to "evoke a discussion." Catanese's new web pursuit offers ongoing coverage of a host of suspected presidential candidates, and ranks Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley—in that order—as the top Democrat possibilities for 2016.
Schweitzer has repeatedly denied any interest in running for president, despite an endless string of public polls gauging his potential. He's also refuted claims that he'll challenge Sen. Max Baucus in the 2014 Democratic primary. So far, the only real news from Schweitzer's post-gubernatorial world is his partnership with the New York-based hedge fund Clinton Group and their intent to take over the Stillwater Mining Company.