MT Campaign 2014: Endorsements, Signs, & New Rules

Welcome to HUMP DAY!!!

There were a couple big endorsements in Montana politics recently – Rosendale and the Tea Party Express, and Walsh and the National Organization for Women. Plus, Cascade County decided they needed new regulations for Election Day. It was also a slow news day at Lee Newspapers in Montana and in Santa Barbara, California. Read on…

Tea Party Express for Rosendale:

According to their website, “The Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, is proud to endorse Matt Rosendale for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

The release also included endorsement statements from Tea Party members in Missoula, Great Falls, Butte, Lewistown, and Mineral County. Rudy and Judy Tankink, Members of Great Falls Tea Party said, “A candidate’s DNA is his past voting record. Matt Rosendale is the only true Conservative and his voting record while in the Montana Legislature proves it.”

Yes, I double checked it and they said, “the only true Conservative” with a capital “C.”

Will a Sarah Palin endorsement be coming soon? Maybe they can make a video shooting down drones together?

NOW for Walsh:

According to the Walsh campaign, “The National Organization for Women has endorsed Senator John Walsh’s bid for the U.S. Senate, saying Walsh is ‘the right person to stand up for women’s rights and families.’”

The campaign also states, “Walsh has also been endorsed by Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and numerous labor organizations.”

The big question about endorsements is can these groups get their people to turn out to vote for their candidates?  Can they excite their members enough so they volunteer and/or donate time and money to the endorsed candidates?

If Democrats could do this in Montana, they would hardly ever lose a state-wide race. Oh wait…

Zinke: Here’s Your Sign

Proving that it was a slow news day, Lee Newspapers devoted about 300 words to a campaign sign issue with U.S. House Candidate Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) in Santa Barbara, California.

Yes, in California.

Zinke held a fundraiser in California and put up “four small signs to direct guests to the house” where they were holding the fundraiser. The signs were posted in a place where they should not have been and someone complained. A local columnist reported about the issue, which proves it was a slow news day in Santa Barbara, too.

As for Zinke fundraising out of state – calm down folks.  It’s very common for candidates to fundraise out of state – especially U.S. House and U.S. Senate candidates.

Cascade County Elections:

The Great Falls Tribune reported on Tuesday afternoon, “County bans food, guns from polling places” which means the county is kind of taking most of the fun out of election day.

Some folks are probably glad they did not ban beer and whiskey…

Seriously though, the Cascade County Elections office screwed up during the November 2012 elections, although nothing was ever done about it. I wrote about it HERE. A couple local Democrats were handing out chips, water, and candy to those standing line to vote. One was even a candidate. They probably made Brian Schweitzer proud…

So now they changed the rules and those rules were approved by the Cascade County Commissioners. The changes were mostly common sense items – common sense items that Clerk and Recorder Rina Fontana Moore should have already been following.

Now, if Ms. Fontana Moore can teach her workers how to count…


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