Caught My Eye…

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government. – Donald Trump

Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME). It’s also the first CME of May!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 – maybe both.

Topics this week include Montana & Trump, bumper sticker update, Gianforte’s patch, Trump & the Republicans, Fox News & Ed Henry, Cruz & Twitter, Beer & ice cream & cupcakes & blood, and much more!

Montana & Trump:

The Republicans of Montana, especially those who will be sharing the ticket in November with Donald Trump, are kind of in a pickle.

Probably most Montana Republicans were either Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz backers, but now that Trump is the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, what the heck do they do now?

It looks like they will concentrate on beating Hillary. All that means is that they will support Trump, but not too much.

ABC/Fox Montana reported this week that they received a written statement from Congressman Ryan Zinke’s office Wednesday that read, “Rep. Zinke would never support Mrs. Clinton and her anti-coal, anti-gun, anti-military policies and he will be looking carefully at who the presumptive nominee surrounds themselves with as advisers.”

Zinke is running for his second term in the U.S. House this November. I kind of figured him for a Trump man.

As for U.S. Senator Steve Daines, he said, “Donald Trump is not my first choice or even my second choice for president, but we must defeat Hillary in November.”

Daines is not up for reelection this year. We know he was a Marco Rubio man and I think he even campaigned for Rubio in Iowa. Then he probably held his nose and leaned toward Ted Cruz.

ABC/Fox Montana also reported that Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte said that he would support whomever his party nominates in July.

Of all three, Gianforte was probably the one who handled it best – Gianforte just got it the hell out of the way and over with…

Trump will win Montana unless there’s a strong third-party candidate.

Bumper Sticker Update:

We have a winner! It has been a little under one week since I contacted the Ryan Zinke and the Denise Juneau for Congress campaigns and asked them to send me a free bumper sticker.

Juneau’s bumper sticker arrived in my mailbox yesterday (May 5). That was pretty quick and I appreciate it. I have yet to receive one from Zinke.


I’m worried. I have not received bumper stickers from Ted Cruz or John Kasich. They both suspended their campaigns this week, so I may be out of luck. I am still waiting on one from Donald Trump, too. It’s been about 40 days since I contacted all three.

By the way, I already received Hillary and Bernie bumper stickers.

Send me your bumper sticker and it may be featured here at The Western Word. Statewide Montana candidates get preference.

Gianforte’s Patch:

Something in the new Greg Gianforte for Montana Governor campaign ad caught my eye last week. During parts of the ad, Gianforte is wearing a jacket. No big deal, this is Montana and it gets cold here. I also wear a jacket when it’s cold, so that is one thing we have in common.

On Gianforte’s jacket is some sort of patch. Since I was in the military, I always look at patches on coats and uniforms. I have several patches in my collection.

On the patch, it looks like there is a word “Field.” I tried to magnify it and see what else the patch had on it, but I was not able to make out the rest of the patch.

I wondered if it was a commemorative patch for some place like Lambeau Field or Wrigley Field or maybe Soldier Field or maybe he subscribes to Field and Stream – if that still exists.

So I decided to ask the press folks for Gianforte. I phrased my question this way, “During the first part of the ad (first 3 seconds) and from 16-19 seconds and from the 24-second mark until the end, Mr. Gianforte is wearing a brown jacket. On the jacket is a patch that appears to have the word “Field” on it. My question is what is written on the patch? Since everything is pretty much calculated and planned in campaign ads, what is the significance of him wearing it in the ad?”

Someone named Ron quickly replied, “There was no significance to the jacket choice. It was colder than expected that day, so Greg just grabbed a work jacket out of his closet.”

I thanked Ron and followed up with, “Can you tell me what is written on the patch?”

I waited for about a day and asked again, “Are you going to be able to answer my question, ‘Can you tell me what is written on the patch?’”

This time Aaron responded, “Hey Mike…I asked the camp manager about that yesterday and she said Greg just grabbed it out of the closet…we can try and find out but there was no meaning behind it.”

I thanked Aaron for the quick response and wrote, “If you happen to find out, I’d like to know.”

So if you want to take a look at the patch on the coat and let me know via email or in the comment section what you think the patch is for, maybe you can help me solve what has now become a mystery. You can watch the newest campaign ad from Gianforte HERE.

The truth is out there…

Trump & the Republicans:

It looks like with presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump disposing of 16 other big-name Republican Presidential candidates (from Jeb Bush to Scott Walker), it has left some people angry and unwilling to support him.

On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he cannot yet support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. (CNN) Trump whipped Ryan’s governor, Scott Walker, so badly that Walker left the race before they had a primary in Wisconsin.

Ryan’s remarks mean there will be more bloodshed in the Republican civil war.

Over in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s committed to supporting Donald Trump’s presidential bid. (CNN) McConnell’s counterpart in Kentucky, Rand Paul, was whipped by Trump. McConnell probably enjoyed that.

The former Bush Presidents (41, 43) won’t be endorsing Trump. (USAToday) Trump beat up Jeb Bush pretty badly.

The Hill has a list of 27 Republicans who won’t back Trump. The story is dated May 3.

Three previous GOP Presidential nominees (Mitt Romney, John McCain, and George W. Bush) won’t attend the GOP convention because Trump won. (CNN)

Trump has won the nomination fair and square. Many of the people who are refusing to support him are acting like children and taking their toys and heading home because their person did not win. Many of those same people are what’s wrong with today’s Republican Party. It was broken long before Trump announced he was running for President.

Trump has a large following of moderates and independents. The GOP needs them in some of the close races across the country. They also will need them in four years. The establishment Republicans should be careful not to tick them off.

If the Republicans plan on supporting someone in a third-party bid, they should also get used to the phrase, “President Hillary Clinton. “

Fox News Channel’s Ed Henry:

The magazine called, In Touch, broke the story about Fox News Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry allegedly having a 10-month affair with Las Vegas hostess, Natalia Lima. Henry has been married to NPR’s deputy Washington editor Shirley Hung since 2010.

The Associated Press reported that Henry was quoted in the magazine saying, “I don’t know anything about it.”

Lima also provided this interesting quote about Henry: “Whenever he was in town, we would pretty much just have sex. He has a really high sex drive.”

Another report has Lima saying Henry was “a nice guy…a kinky, nice guy.”

So from here on out when (or if) we see Ed Henry reporting, we’ll think, “Ed Henry has a really high sex drive” and he’s “a nice guy…a kinky, nice guy.”

Fox News issued a statement about the situation: “We recently became aware of Ed’s personal issues and he’s taking some time off to work things out.”

Maybe if/when Ol’ Ed returns he can hold a press conference and take some questions…

Cruz & Twitter:

You have to read “The 24 funniest Twitter reactions to Ted Cruz dropping out of the presidential race.

My favorite – “Ted Cruz is suspending his campaign to spend more time with his family and friend.”

One More Thing:

Beer, ice cream, and a cupcake! This is happening in Great Falls today:

Give a Pint-Get a Pint downtown blood drive includes drawings. Blood donors receive a cupcake and an ice cream and beer coupon. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chamber of Commerce. 100 1st Ave. N. (GF Tribune)

Is this a great country or what?

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2 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. Did Mr. Gianforte hire his staff from Daines’ office? You asked a simple question.

    • Rick – Maybe. I was just curious about it since campaigns script everything they do in their ads. But after asking and not getting an adequate response, I decided to write about it. Thanks, -JmB

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