One day until primary Election Day here in Montana! Are you ready? ARE. YOU. READY?
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It’s been an interesting primary election season, probably one for the history books because of the contested primary races and the number of ads on television. Here are some thoughts.
I counted the campaign information I received in the mail, and I received 12 pieces. Out of those 12 campaign pieces, seven were from Political Action Committees (PACs). Five pieces out of 12 were for statewide races.
I voted a few days ago and my ballot safely arrived at the Cascade County (MT) Elections office. You can track your ballot these days – how cool is that?
The “swift boating” of Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke continues. The most interesting thing to me is that both those on the far right and the far left are going after him.
For the left, someone named Larry Bailey from North Carolina, who is listed as a retired U.S. Navy SEAL Captain had his letter discrediting Zinke’s military career posted on the Don Pogreba’s progressive Intelligent Discontent blog.
For the right, former state senator and Montana GOP chairman Ken Miller also sent the same letter to his e-mail list. Then Gary Marbut, President of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, posted a column on the PolyMontana blog with the Bailey letter. At the end, Marbut wrote, “My son’s Special Forces friends now lump Zinke into a category of people they call ‘posers.’”
I don’t know Captain Larry Bailey from Private Beetle Bailey, but I’m thinking that Zinke is not conservative enough for Captain Bailey, Ken Miller, and Gary Marbut. He may be too close to the middle for the Don Pogreba and a bigger threat to the Democratic House candidate.
Anyway, Captain Bailey lists North Carolina as his home, so he does not get to vote in Montana’s primary. Neither does Beetle Bailey.
For his part, Zinke posted a couple documents on his campaign website – one was a 2004 fitness report and the other was a Bronze Star commendation. If it were me, I would post my DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, on my campaign website.
By late Tuesday night we’ll see if all these attacks on Zinke worked. It would be kind of funny to see how the far righties such as Miller, Marbut, and Rick Hill handle it if Zinke ends up being the GOP nominee.
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