Caught My Eye…

FRIDAY!!! Congrats on making it to Friday! We are now just 18 days from Election Day 2012. You can do a lot in 18 days – like call my house 36 times, send me more campaign literature in the mail, knock on my door a few times, or run a few million dollars more in campaign ads! Whoop, whoop!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here! It’s where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile. So, get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about the “Truth” video, a BOLO alert, applauding Bucy, Please proceed Governor, the power plant, dinner and jokes, one more debate, plus I open up my political inbox and share some e-mails! There’s a lot more so read on…

The “Truth” Video:

Last week Denny Rehberg’s campaign released a video that I saw on television called, “Truth” in which Denny Rehberg’s wife, Jan, takes 30 seconds to explain the “firefighter” lawsuit that has pretty much been a major issue in the 2012 Campaign. I was able to obtain a link to the unlisted video (by e-mailing the campaign), which you can view HERE.

I imagine internal polling is showing that the firefighter lawsuit is very harmful to Team Rehberg and so we get this video. It is not that great a performance by Mrs. Rehberg. Mrs. Rehberg says, “With Denny serving Montana I run our family business with Denny’s support” which to me means she is “falling on her sword” for her husband. With recent public polls showing Jon Tester and Denny Rehberg tied or Tester leading, this might be considered a desperate attempt by Team Rehberg to stop the bleeding.

BOLO Alert:

Get ready voters – the campaigns have probably been keeping an “ace in the hole” campaign ad or information for the final few days of the campaign! It’s getting close to time to spring it – so Be-On-the-Look-Out (BOLO)!

Remember to not take campaigns and candidates too seriously and you’ll do just fine as we get into the final days of the campaign 2012…

Applause:

I am applauding Montana Attorney General Candidate Pam Bucy (D) for returning, “$35,000 after a federal judge struck down state donation limits as unconstitutional…”

That was a very honorable thing for Bucy to do. We must have rules in elections. I am sure her supporters will help her raise funds in a few days to replace the $35k because she took a stand and is doing an honorable and ethical thing.  I think the voters will reward her, too.

Jack’s Political Inbox:

I subscribe to receive updates from candidates, elected officials, and/or groups (from all political parties). Several others just send me their info without me asking just hoping they get mentioned (in a kind and gentle way) here at The Western Word! So each week I select a few that “Caught My Eye” and share them with my readers – and sometimes poke fun at them. This week I picked six that I think you will enjoy…

-Kevin O’Brien, who is the Campaign Manager for Steve Bullock (MT Governor), sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Hill Caught Committing Crime” in which he writes, “I can’t believe it. This morning, Congressman Hill bragged to reporters that he took an illegal $500,000 contribution. That’s a criminal violation of Montana law under Montana Code Annotated §13-35-103.”

If Team Bullock plays this right, they can probably make this issue cost Hill the election…

-The Montana Republican Party sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Caught on Film: Jonny Notecard” in which they wrote, “Jon Tester hypocritically uses prepared notes banned by debate organizers.” The e-mail came with the video in slow motion!

The people running the event should have said something at the time. We don’t know what was on the card, if anything…

-Montana Secretary of State candidate Brad Johnson (through the Montana GOP) sent me an e-mail asking a question in the subject, “How many Canadians are voting in Montana?” He then answered the question with, “We’ll never know as long as Linda McCulloch has her way.”

I thought for a moment this was going to be a joke, like “How many Canadians…does it take to change a light bulb?”

-U.S. Senator John Thune sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Consequences” in which he writes for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), “We’re in the final homestretch of this election with most of the focus on the ‘horserace.’ There are constant polling updates and attention on a different campaign sound-bite every day. But we can’t forget that at the end of the day, there will be severe policy consequences – on dozens of issues – if Republicans don’t gain the Senate Majority.”

Sorry Senator – you are the only bright beacon in a sea of idiots at the NRSC…

-U.S. Senator Jon Tester sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Fast-Forward” in which he wrote, “Karl Rove’s outside special interest group, Crossroads GPS, has another flight of attack ads up this week — more than $700,000 worth in 7 days. And that’s only the beginning. Next week, Rove & Crossroads have another nearly $1 million in TV ad time reserved. And another $1 million the week after that. The total? More than $2.7 million in the final 20 days of this race, all of which will be aimed at painting me as someone I’m not.”

Great googly moogly Senator…

-Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer took some time away from his appearances on CNN to send me an e-mail with the subject, “Washington Post” in which he writes, “Hi there, Thought you might like to see this. Enjoy! – Brian”

The Governor thought I might enjoy reading the Associated Press article titled, “Montana’s Gov. Brian Schweitzer Creates Buzz His Own Way.”

The Governor needs to find a way to stay in the public eye – especially after his term ends in January.

Power Plant Update:

Another campaign commercial that caught my attention is one from the Rehberg Campaign titled “Just” with Denny Rehberg saying, “Jon Tester voted for Obama’s regulations causing a coal-fired power plant in Billings to close.” On the screen there’s a photo of a power plant with a caption, “Corette Power Plant, Billings, MT.”

That statement from Rehberg is not true. The Corette plant is still open. According to Lee Newspapers “…the Corette plant has just announced that they will be closing their doors in 2015…”

A lot can happen before 2015, so it’s not a done deal, as Rehberg wants viewers to believe.  By the way, I am announcing that I will be losing 40 pounds by 2015, too…

One More Debate:

U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Denny Rehberg will be debating for the last time on Saturday night (Yes, Saturday night’s alright for fighting) in Bozeman at the Riverside Country Club, which is “an Oasis of quality recreation in Bozeman, Montana.”

The Montana Television Network will carry the debate live at 9:00 p.m. (Montana time).

In looking over the menu at the club, I suggest candidates dine on the Crispy Lobster Roll which is Lobster, Cream Cheese, Lemon Zest Sautéed Fresh Spinach and Beurre Noisete and for the main course may I suggest, Veal Scallopine Oscar Crab, Asparagus and Maltaise Sauce!

Please Proceed Governor:

Only The Daily Show with Jon Stewart can explain what happened to Mitt Romney during the second debate. Watch it HERE.

In short, Romney got his butt kicked about Libya…

Dinner and Jokes:

Both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney spoke at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City last night. They were both pretty funny. You can check out a clip from the event via C-SPAN HERE. Romney starts at about 9:00 and Obama at 20:00.

I think the country needed some humor from them although some people will say the whole Presidential campaign has been humorous…

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

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