Wednesday’s Quick Hits

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude. – John C. Maxwell

Welcome to Wednesday! Here are some of “Wednesday Quick Hits” about these important issues:

  • Bullock & Gianforte & Money
  • Rick Perry & Greg Gianforte
  • New Anti-Gianforte Website
  • Trump & Obama
  • Russia & DNC computers
  • Trump & Orlando Shooter

Bullock & Gianforte & Money:

The Associated Press reported late yesterday that the race between Democrat Governor Steve Bullock and his Republican challenger Greg Gianforte “could become the state’s most expensive gubernatorial contest, eclipsing the spirited and expensive campaign four years ago.”


Besides raising a lot of money on their own, outside groups will be throwing money into the race to help their guy. Of course, these outside groups aren’t supposed to coordinate with the campaigns they support and if you believe that does not happen, I have some oceanfront property here in Montana to sell you.

Gianforte has pumped $486,000 of his own money into the race. Being wealthy does help Gianforte in this race. It also helps his staffers and volunteers, as they don’t have to eat the cheapest pizza…

Rick Perry & Greg Gianforte:

Maybe I should have called this part of Wednesday’s Quick Hits the “Big Lie of the Week.”

Former Texas Governor and failed Presidential candidate Rick Perry campaigned for Republican candidate for Montana Governor Greg Gianforte. Montana radio station KGVO reported on what Perry recently told Fox News. It had a Montana twist to it:

If [refugees] need to be moved out areas of [sic] where there’s real issues in the middle east we need to be working with our Middle Eastern partners over there,” Perry said. “Saudi Arabia can build refugee camps and pay for them rather than moving them to Bozeman, Montana. I was up in Montana this last week and their governor is in favor of moving those individuals in there. I think the people of Montana are going to stand up and say, ‘No we’re not.’ ”

The Montana GOP took that little comment and added the word “unvetted” to it and posted this on their website: “Rick Perry: Bullock ‘In Favor’ of Moving Unvetted Refugees to Montana.”

Notice the only quotes were around the words “In Favor” and not around “unvetted,” because Perry did not say that in his quote.

Gianforte continued the false accusation with a post on his Facebook page:

My friend Rick Perry notes that Governor Bullock is not opposing bringing in unvetted Syrian refugees to the state.

Some of the more gullible folks following Gianforte took the bait. These are probably the same people who believe everything they read on the internet.

The fact is that nobody wants to bring “unvetted” Syrian refugees to Montana.

Greg Gianforte claims he is “not a politician,” but he sure acted like one on this issue.

The New Anti-Gianforte Website:

The Montana Democrats launched a new website which they say outlines New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte’s anti-public lands and anti-public access record. See it HERE.

The Great Falls Tribune published a story about it, so the money that was spent creating the website paid off for the Montana Democrats.

Aaron Flint is Gianforte’s spokesperson. I did enjoy his response. The Tribune reported:

Aaron Flint called the website “another desperate attempt” by the Bullock campaign to deflect attention from his failed record.

“We’re 49th in the nation in wages, this governor failed to deliver on infrastructure, and now he’s simply trying to distract folks away from the fact that he got a ‘C’ rating from the National Rifle Association,”


Although Flint’s response was not that negative, the race between Bullock and Gianforte seems to be turning that direction.

Several years ago a candidate asked me if I would be interested in running his statewide campaign against a very well-liked incumbent. I told him upfront that unless he went negative, he would not have a chance. He said that was not his style. I said, “Well, you’re gonna lose the race big time if you don’t, so maybe you should hire someone else.”

So he did and he did not go negative. He lost the race by over 30 points.

We may not like the negative crap from the campaigns, but it often works.


The long national nightmare is over. This week presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the current President , Barack Obama, actually said “radical Islam” during public meetings for all to hear.

You can read the President’s remarks about terrorism HERE.

I feel 100% better now. We now go back to our regular scheduled programming…

Trump & Obama:

It’s not a secret that presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has long questioned President Obama’s place of birth and even his religion.

CNN reported about Trump’s beliefs in September 2015:

“He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim,” Trump told Fox News in 2011. “I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that.”

Recently Trump seems to be suggesting that Obama is siding with terrorists against the United States. The Wall Street Journal reported these remarks from Trump during an appearance on Fox News:

“Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” Mr. Trump said on Fox. “And the something else in mind — you know, people can’t believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”

I think that anyone who thinks Obama is not a citizen of the United States and/or who thinks he is a Muslim is a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

Russia & DNC computers:

Reuters reported yesterday that hackers believed to be working for the Russian government broke into the Democratic National Committee’s computer network, spied on internal communications and accessed research on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

I bet at least 16 Republican Presidential candidates were probably wishing they could have had the information…

Trump & Orlando Shooter:

Donald Trump and the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen have a few things in common. Both were born in Queens, New York, and both were born to immigrant mothers. (IBTimes)

Oh. My. Gosh.

Drop the microphone and walk off stage! We’ll stop right here to let the wackos on the right catch their breath…

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  1. Quoted from Wikipedia: “Gianforte co-founded Brightwork Development, a developer of network management applications. He sold the business to McAfee Associates in 1994. Gianforte went on to serve as North American VP, where the company’s North American sales operation grew from $25 million to more than $60 million in revenues in less than a year.”

    And from an Inc. article “Bootstrap it.”That’s how Gianforte launched his first company, software maker Brightwork Development Inc., in 1986. Eight years later he and his partners sold the business to McAfee Associates for more than $10 million — a move that enabled Gianforte to retire to Bozeman, Mont., at age 33. After realizing that he couldn’t spend the rest of his life fly-fishing, Gianforte started his second major venture, RightNow Technologies Inc.”
    Here’s the link to that article. It is a very interesting read.

    So while there is no doubt that he has made big money in Montana, it appears he arrived with more than the average resident had at the time. There is also no doubt he has been very successful in his business endeavors and has devoted a lot of time and energy to them.

    One interesting item I picked up from the Inc article:
    “Gianforte built the cluster (his business campus) in partnership with a local developer and leased space in it to RightNow. No reason for the company to sink a lot of cash into real estate, he says.” The local developer mentioned is Senator Steve Daines father, Claire Daines.

    • Kathy – Interesting stuff – thanks. I knew that Gianforte and Steve Daines had worked together. I had forgotten about Steve Daines’ father. -JmB

    • There are two points that come from Kathy’s comments
      1-Gianforte is in tune with tech jobs and can bring that to the forefront here in Montana and create a space for good paying jobs.
      2-If they sold their business for $10M and there were partners involved, the sum that Gianforte walked away with is likely to be much smaller.
      It is easy to be a one or two million dollar these days, been there twice, working on the third. But the success he had “in” Montana makes him a being a Montana Millionaire more accurate than a NJ one! It is just the way the liberals want to paint him as an outsider. My wife and I were outsiders for the first 5 years here until I bought the local Motel/RV Park/Mobile Home Park and then they all loved us! We provided jobs and security for 10 people.

  2. Why do people call Gianforte a New Jersey millionaire when he made his money here in Montana with the sale of RightNow to Oracle? I can find no evidence that he was a millionaire in New Jersey. So…maybe people should call him a Montana millionaire!

    • Barry: I used that line from the MT Democrats press release, but I think you are correct. There’s a lottery game called “Montana Millionaire” so maybe that name is taken! Thanks, -JmB

  3. Reference Aaron Flint response. As you well know, you can say darn near anything you want in politics if it leaves them laughing. Great example here.

    • Dave – True. Very true. Thanks, -JmB

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