"Ax Max" kicks off in Missoula



Margot Kidder, a Livingston resident best known for playing Lois Lane in 1978's Superman, visited Missoula Thursday night and rallied progressive Democrats to reclaim their misguided party from the likes of Sen. Max Baucus.

"We've got to get rid of Max Baucus, we've got to ax Max," she said in the large meeting room at the Missoula Public Library. "He's a disaster, and becoming a bit of an embarrassment sometimes."

Kidder, the state coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America, said that Baucus has been polluted by corporate money and Washington politics, straying from the principles he was elected to uphold. Speaking to a gathering of around 30 people, Kidder urged them to join the PDA's campaign to "Ax Max" for his increasing loyalty to big business.

"Max has been bought by just about every corporation out there," she said. "He consistently votes for the interests of those corporations against the interests of Montanans."

Kidder called the current health care bill an abomination and called for an end to the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. These goals can be achieved, she said, by holding senators accountable and voting for the core principles of the Democratic party, not the incumbents that represent its current form. Kidder said that Montanans must do their part to "start killing part of the snake" if they expect any change in Washington.

"We need you," she said. "Together we can really do this, we can get rid of this sore."

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