In this Sept. 19, 2012 photo, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer operates a backhoe as he clears a stream under a bridge he built on his ranch in Marysville, Mont., about 45 miles from the c

 

              In this Sept. 19, 2012 photo, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer operates a backhoe as he clears a stream under a bridge he built on his ranch in Marysville, Mont., about 45 miles from the c
In this Sept. 19, 2012 photo, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer operates a backhoe as he clears a stream under a bridge he built on his ranch in Marysville, Mont., about 45 miles from the capitol in Helena. A day spent with Schweitzer riding four-wheelers and talking politics makes it easy to understand why he's one of the most unusual, and most effective, governors in the country. It's not often that a governor from a rural state with no major media market within 700 miles is considered potential cabinet level or even presidential material. But Schweitzer, 57, is creating that kind of dark horse buzz with a skillfully employed mastery of current affairs and a unique capacity for shameless and entertaining self-promotion.(AP photo/Matt Gouras)