U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the Secretary of Interior this morning. The vote was 68-31. Montana Senators Steve Daines (R) and Jon Tester (D) voted for Zinke. Congratulations to Secretary Zinke and best of luck to him.
Here are some of my thoughts about Zinke and moving on from here.
I’m relieved that I won’t have to hear U.S. Senator Steve Daines tell the “Boys State” story about him and Ryan Zinke again. I have my doubts they were even buddies back then – or even very good buddies now.
There was a lot of complaining from the right side of the aisle about how long it’s taking for President Trump’s cabinet to be confirmed. Since the Republicans in the senate refused to give President Obama’s pick for Supreme Court a hearing, what did they expect?
Zinke totally disappointed me when he disappeared from his job after his nomination was announced. He was being paid to perform the duties as Montana’s Congressman and he failed.
In other words, Zinke, the so-called patriot who does not see “red” Montana or “blue” Montana, but sees “red, white, and blue Montana” quit on Montana.
Montana can now go about electing someone whom I hope will do the job as Montana’s lone U.S. House member. Now the fun begins. Montana will hold a special election in a couple months or so to the fill the seat and then about 18 months later, the winner will be running for reelection. So even if there’s a loss by one side or the other, they get another chance in a few months. Often an officeholder is most vulnerable during their first reelection attempt.
I hope the political parties will nominate someone who is younger and can stay in the seat long enough to gain some valuable seniority. Plus the grind of the job takes a toll on the officeholder. The travel is tough – even for someone younger. Many of the folks, who have stated they are running for the position, don’t really understand the demands of the job.
So good luck and thanks to all those who want to serve. I’ve lost count about how many people want to be considered for this seat. Is it 15 now? So now would be a good time to sell yourself to this blogger and the thousands of Montanans who will be voting in the special election.
Whoever wins this special election – please stay in the seat for as long as the people of Montana want you there. Please don’t screw over Montana like Denny Rehberg, Steve Daines, and Ryan Zinke did mostly because of their enlarged egos.