Caught My Eye…

There are only 11 days until Election Day 2014 – the Crazy Train has left the station!

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 maybe both.

Today I write about Zinke’s records, Montana Family Foundation, Montana Supreme Court mailers, Congressman, not commando, a distillery tour, prom photos, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Zinke’s Records:

Overall I have been in Republican Ryan Zinke’s corner regarding his military records. I also was in Democrat John Walsh’s corner up until the plagiarism issue hit the fan. That’s because we are veterans. I’ve also written about how Zinke’s DD Form 214, like mine, shows “Character of Service” as “Honorable.”

The current problem facing Zinke is that he told several folks that he would provide them with a complete set of military records. Even a local political science professor has managed to get 15 minutes of fame out of Zinke’s military records issue.

The bottom line is Zinke has not provided the records, and now it looks like he’s stalling until Election Day. It is creating doubt with voters and it could sway the race.

Zinke can get these records quickly. If he’s getting the runaround (and you may giggle about this) but he should contact the offices of Jon Tester, John Walsh, and/or Steve Daines for assistance.

Pro-Tip: Staffers for these elected officials should be able to get them in a week if they know what they are doing (and if they are aggressive).

A note to Zinke and his staff: When you obtain all the records, send them to me for an independent review.

Montana Family Foundation:

I received a mailer this week that was “Paid for by Montana Family Foundation” that I found interesting.

I expect that many people who support the Montana Family Foundation believe that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi are just about on equal footing with Satan. But that did not stop them from using their photos to say they, along with George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and others, support public charter schools and that Amanda Curtis does not.

Here is the mailer:
MFF Oct 2014-1MFF Oct 2014-2

It’s also interesting they spent a significant chunk of money against Amanda Curtis, who is down in some polls by 16 points. Some contributors are probably not too excited about the waste of money – and even less excited about siding with Obama, Clinton, Pelosi, and Reid.

Montana Supreme Court Mailers:

Just about every election cycle some group or groups send out a mailer that others find questionable. Sometimes they are illegal; sometimes they are not. Then we start hearing how appalled people are about what happened. We hear from the Secretary of State and the Commissioner of Political Practices who give their opinions about it.

This time it’s an official-looking Montana Supreme Court mailer that was sent to Montanans.

So let’s try not to act surprised here. Back away – it’s not the end of the world – it’s just politics.

A round of applause goes to James Conner over at the Flathead Memo for bringing the mailer to our attention. Go to the Flathead Memo and see his coverage of the issue HERE. The Montana Cowgirl writes about it HERE. So does Big Sky Words HERE. The Flint Report has some commentary HERE.

Once again Montana bloggers beat the Montana media. Montana’s print and broadcast media are hovering around a grade of “C” for their work in this election cycle.

One thing for sure, the group that produced the mailer should not have used the Great Seal of the State of Montana on their mailer. Other than that, people can fund other things wrong with the mailer, and it’s probably designed to help one side or the other. Who knows who actually paid for it?

As for targeting Supreme Court justice races; if Montana did not elect Supreme Court judges then this would not happen. Montana needs to stop electing judges.

Making Montana Proud:

This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.

From the Billings Gazette and Associated Press: It’s been kind of a stormy time for weatherman John Pulasky (D) who is running for state House in District 43 against Clayton Fiscus (R).

Pulasky does the weather report on radio, so Fiscus wants equal time. It was reported that Fiscus filed a complaint back in May that “cost Pulasky his job with Northern Broadcasting, where he had worked for 24 years.” Now Pulasky is doing a weather report outside the district, but Fiscus wants equal time on those stations, too.

What really caught my eye in the story was that Pulasky, a democrat, worked at Northern Broadcasting – a democrat worked at Northern Broadcasting!!!

Nonetheless, Fiscus should be ashamed that he cost Pulasky his job.

Clayton Fiscus is an embarrassment to Montana.

The Job Title:

Barrett Kaiser is the campaign manager for U.S. House candidate John Lewis. For those not from these parts, Lewis is running for the open U.S. House seat in Montana against Ryan Zinke. Zinke is a former Navy Seal.

Kaiser sent a “State of the Campaign” e-mail and closed out his message with “The job is Congressman, not commando.”

As Larry the Cable Guy would say, “I don’t care who ya are, that’s funny right there.”

Small Distillery Tour:

When I saw the press release from U.S. Senator John Walsh about him wrapping up a statewide small distillery tour, I thought that sounded like fun.

Walsh visited about 18 small distilleries in Montana to “learn more about these unique businesses creating jobs across the state.”

Walsh is also taking a bottle from each distillery back to Washington to share with his colleagues at a reception – or maybe it’s to stock his private bar!

Party on Senator…

Prom Photos:

These “may” have seemed like a good idea at the time. Click HERE.

One More Thing:

Go Royals – beat the Giants!


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  1. Mike…thanks for starting out my day with Ozzie! It is going to wild in SF tonight.

    • Barry – You’re welcome! Thanks, JmB

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