Welcome to another almost award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye!”
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If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or both.
Today I write about the events surrounding John Walsh pulling out of the U.S. Senate race, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and online dating, and Beartooth NBC getting aggressive on the wrong issue. I also write about Richard Nixon, Peter Frampton, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!
At about 1:47 PM – 7 Aug 2014 (Thursday) the Missoulian Newspaper Tweeted, “BREAKING NEWS FIRST ON MISSOULIAN.COM: Walsh drops out of race for U.S. Senate.”
Congrats to the Missoulian. Your multi-million dollar operation beat a few bloggers and other folks like me on Twitter by about three minutes. Whoopee.
It’s been a lot of fun to watch all the experts talk about and report on Montana politics the past few days. Most of them are lost – even some of the old timers and the so called “scientists.”
The Associated Press (AP) hit the wires using a classic rock band theme (Eagles): “AP source: Montana Sen. Joe Walsh leaving race amid allegations that he plagiarized paper.” They soon corrected it to “John” Walsh.
Maybe “Rocky Mountain Way” was playing on the radio in the AP office.
I was waiting for some Montana reporter to write about John Walsh still having his television show on CNN, “The Hunt with John Walsh,” to fall back on.
The Washington Post has a story about what happens next for the Montana Democrats who have to go find another candidate. Read it HERE. It’s the best explanation so far.
It was like a double kick in the gut for Montana Democrats because former Governor Brian Schweitzer said Thursday afternoon he would not be entering the race. I said on Twitter afterwards with Schweitzer declining to run, that gives Steve Daines about a 95% chance of winning. But I also added this, “…if anyone can screw up that 95% chance of @DainesforMT winning, it’s the boys and girls @NRSC.” NRSC is the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
As for Senator John Walsh – thank you for your service to this country. I look forward to your leadership on veterans’ issues for the remainder of your term in the U.S. Senate. I wish you well and, as a fellow veteran, I salute you.
And, to the Walsh campaign staff – thanks for your openness, professionalism, and for providing timely information. You were the best of all the campaigns this season.
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox:
For some reason Montana Attorney General Tim Fox’s photo was used in an online dating profile. It’s true so it’s OK to laugh about it. I don’t think it was a campaign stunt to get publicity, but you never know in politics. According to the Associated Press (AP), an image of Fox “was used to create a fake profile on a dating website.”
Sadly, it cost a woman around $150,000.
The most interesting thing about the whole issue is that the photo did not fool Fox’s spokesperson John Barnes. No, not one bit. Barnes was quoted in the AP article saying, “I knew the minute I saw the picture it was him.”
Bravo John Barnes, bravo. That is why we, the Montana taxpayers, pay you the big bucks.
A photo was tweeted showing a reporter for Beartooth NBC going to U.S. Senator John Walsh’s door on Wednesday to “get a comment on his #personal day and the #campaign.”
You can see it HERE.
I just wish the folks who run Beartooth NBC were that energetic when it comes to upgrading their horrible low-power analog signal to digital here in Great Falls, Montana. #cheapskates
Making Montana Proud:
This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.
-From the Billings Gazette: On June 24, 2014, Montana State District Judge Russell C. Fagg sentenced Robert Loren Mock to three years of probation for his seventh DUI.
Yes, probation for a seventh DUI.
According to the Gazette (just a few weeks later) “Mock was arrested July 11 on suspicion of driving drunk in Wheatland County.”
Montana State District Judge Russell C. Fagg – you are an embarrassment to Montana.
On this date in 1974 President Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States with a one-sentence resignation letter:
I hereby resign the Office of President of the United States.
That was an interesting time in our history.
I think most people around my age own the album “Frampton Comes Alive!” I also follow legendary rocker Peter Frampton on Facebook. I chuckled when I read that Frampton “hurled” a cell phone across the stage during his concert because a couple would not stop taking photos even after they were warned to stop. CBS News has the story HERE.
Since this is Friday, you really need to take a few minutes to listen to “Show Me The Way” – have a great weekend!
One More Thing:
Don’t forget to stretch!
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