It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge. – Arnold H. Glasow
Today is another one of those days in which there are several major political stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!
Today’s topics include:
- Republican Governors Association
- Steve Bullock & Fundraising
- Ted Cruz & Montana
- Bumper Sticker Update
- Dialing for Dollars
Republican Governors Association:
If you follow me on Twitter (@TheWesternWord) or on Facebook then you were one of the first to see the new Republican Governors Association (RGA) attack ad on Friday against Governor Steve Bullock.
It’s a 30-second ad named “Scandal” and it opens with “Governor Steve Bullock Caught in a scandal” and closes with “Governor Steve Bullock, another liberal politician covering up a scandal.” The “scandal” is about the state plane. You can watch the ad HERE.
Maybe it’s just me, but I think the RGA is trying to say there’s a scandal.
It was ironic that the ad hit the airwaves in Montana the day that Bullock’s probable opponent, Republican Greg Gianforte, was defending his remarks about Facebook not coming to Montana because of the business equipment tax. Facebook officials denied speaking to Gianforte about that. (AP)
The RGA attack ad was not all bad for Steve Bullock. It’s an easy way for him to raise money:
The Republican Governors Association just went up on TV attacking Steve Bullock.
We’re going to fight back against these attempts to buy this election — but the strength of our effort depends on you. We’re just four days away from our crucial Tuesday night deadline and are $5,230 short of our goal. Send an emergency donation of $15 now.
My favorite was this one:
Did you know that Greg Gianforte donated $150,000 of his personal fortune to the Republican Governors Association, including $50,000 just weeks before he announced his campaign?
Now the RGA is spending big on TV attacking Steve to help buy him the governor’s office. This is in addition to Mr. Gianforte already spending his personal fortune on his own TV ads.
Many politicians will donate to outside groups and then expect help from these groups during their campaign. Both sides do it and it is part of what is wrong with politics these days.
Ted Cruz & Montana:
I did not get up early enough, so the Montana Cowgirl blog had already posted a column about Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz announcing his Montana Leadership Team.
You can read Cowgirl’s column which is titled, “Cruz For President Effort Taps Local Conspiracy Theorists, Crackpots” HERE.
You can read the full list from the Cruz campaign HERE.
Montana State Representative Daniel Zolnikov and former Montana Republican Party Chairman Will Deschamps will serve as Co-Chairmen for the statewide campaign while Mary Beveridge will serve as the Cruz Campaign Coordinator.
The list of Montanans serving on the Cruz Leadership Team is very interesting.
Bumper Sticker Update:
By the way, it’s going on one month since I asked Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich for a free bumper sticker. I already have Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Steve Bullock, and Greg Gianforte bumper stickers. Plus I have Don Kaltschmidt for State Senate bumper sticker – how cool is that!
Your bumper sticker could be shown here at The Western Word – send me an email to find out how!
Since I asked Trump, Cruz, and Kasich for a free bumper sticker, I ordered my own:
It’s a shame it’s taking so long to get a free bumper sticker. It makes me wonder how long it would have taken if I would have maxed out on donations to them.
Dialing for Dollars:
Last night on 60 Minutes they ran a segment about how members of Congress raise campaign funds.
They can’t raise money from their taxpayer-funded offices, (it’s against the law) so they walk a few blocks from Capitol Hill to the Republican or Democratic headquarters and make calls – thousands of calls – and they raise millions of dollars.
Some members need to raise $18,000 per day. They spend more time raising money than actually doing the jobs they were elected to do. Some members spend 30 hours per week raising money.
You can read/watch the 60 Minutes segment HERE.