McLean Resigns Post as Lt. Gov., More Questions Raised Than Answers

Montana Lt. Gov. Angela McLean (photo: KTVH)

There was much surprise across Montana Monday Morning as Democratic Lt. Gov. Angela McLean announced her resignation from the number 2 post in the state government to take a job in the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.

According to multiple reports, McLean will be working as the director of American Indian and minority achievement and K-12 partnerships. The governor’s office is claiming that Gov. Bullock had no knowledge of McLean’s plans until Monday according to NBC Montana. Bullock has stated his intention to announce a new appointee — and likely 2016 running mate — by the end of the year.

Whoever receives the appointment will be Bullock’s third Lt. Gov. in a single 4 year term. McLean, a former teacher from Anaconda who also served as the chairwoman of the Montana Board of Regents, was appointed to the post of Lt. Gov. in February of last year after then-Lt. Gov. John Walsh somewhat controversially resigned to be appointed to a U.S. Senate seat vacated by Max Baucus.

McLean  is a well liked figure in state politics and is seen as a rising star in Montana Democratic politics, leaving many scratching their heads as to why she would resign her post and pass on the opportunity to lead the Democratic ticket with Bullock in 2016. Many conservative, centrist, and even some liberal commentators took to social media today to raise more questions about McLean’s departure, with some using the opportunity to take shots at the Bullock Administration.

Others raised questions about Gov. Bullock being supposedly unaware until Monday Morning that his Lt. Gov. was resigning. They point out that it was highly unlikely that the Gov. did not know what was happening given the fact that McLean submitted an application for her new job in late October according to The Great Falls Tribune.