International many of mystery runs for governor

MATT GOURAS Associated Press Published:

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Neil Livingstone has spent decades in Washington D.C. as a counterterrorism expert, describing big paydays and deals with dictators that could be just any old day at the office.

Now he says he wants to leave all that behind to become Montana's governor, where chairing the state land board and congratulating state football champions could count as exciting.

Libyan documents leaked last year stated that Livingstone was among a group seeking a multi-million dollar payday to help Moammar Gadhafi find a safe haven. Livingstone says it was part of an effort to save lives by ending the civil strife.

Former associates say Livingstone's latest consulting firm called Executive Action, launched in 2007, was forced to close as business dried up.

Livingstone argues unwinding the company was a "conscious decision."