In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
Welcome to Wednesday! Today is one of those days in which there are several political stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!
Here are today’s topics:
- Rick Tryon & Tracy Houck
- Greg Gianforte & Faith
- Steve Daines & Stop Hillary PAC
Rick Tryon & Tracy Houck:
It appears that Great Falls city commission candidate Rick Tryon is having a hard time accepting that he lost to Tracy Houck by 11 votes.
The final recount occurred over 45 days ago. In the Great Falls Tribune this week, Tryon went after Houck again for her campaign violations.
He needs to let it go.
The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices already determined that “sufficient facts exist to show a campaign practice violation by Candidate Houck” but I don’t think that is sufficient for Tryon. Read the decision HERE. We’ll see how it ends up for Houck in regard to the punishment, and there should be punishment. I don’t think anything less than Houck being forced to walk down the middle of Central Avenue with a sign that reads “CHEATER” would make Tryon and his supporters happy.
There’s a lot of bitterness from Tryon and his supporters. It reminds me of the question, “You want some cheese with your whine?”
Greg Gianforte & Faith:
Possible Republican candidate for Montana Governor Greg Gianforte was profiled by the Associated Press (AP) recently and it was a very interesting story. The AP reporters did miss a few chances to ask some tough questions.
I do like that Gianforte is a Christian. I am a Christian. I am holding out hope that he is not a wacko Christian that gives Christianity a bad name; although some of the so-called “Christian” groups he has supported I believe do just that.
Some of these far-right folks who will be supporting Gianforte still believe that Obama is a Muslim and that he was born in Kenya. They parade an outhouse around town with bullet holes in it and call it Obama’s Presidential Library. I would like to know Gianforte’s beliefs about these things. I want to know who he is supporting for President.
The AP reported that Gianforte declined to speak about how his faith might guide his decisions or policy choices as governor, but in one quote he said the right thing, “If I choose to run, and I’m elected, I need to be the governor of every single Montanan.”
Amen to that. I am skeptical about how Gianforte would treat people who have a lifestyle different than his, or how he would treat people who have religious preferences different than his. As for declining to speak about how his faith might guide his decisions or policy choices as governor, I think that is a little shallow. As Christians our faith should guide us every day in every circumstance we encounter whether we are Governor or if we are sweeping the floors. He might as well say it.
Steve Daines & Stop Hillary PAC:
This is the time of year when fundraising kicks into high gear. Campaigns and political groups want to raise a ton of money before January 1. I have received hundreds of emails over the past few weeks from both sides of the aisle asking for money.
I recently received one from U.S. Senator Steve Daines with the subject, “We Must Stop Hillary!”
Daines says in the email:
I wish I didn’t have to bother you this time of year.
But if I don’t, Hillary Clinton could be elected the next president of the United States.
My name is Senator Steve Daines, and I am the proud US Senator from Montana. My election last year fired Harry Reid as the leader in the Senate… and now with your help, I am doing everything thing I can to defeat Hillary Clinton.
That’s why I have joined with Stop Hillary PAC – the leading organization dedicated to defeating Hillary.
It looks like the biggest problem the Republicans have at this time is stopping Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton…