Monday’s Quick Hits

A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t. – Jack Dempsey

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Montana Democrats Pick Quist
  • Tester Town Hall
  • Closing a State Campus
  • Trump Tweets
  • Jeff Sessions & Forrest Gump

Montana Democrats Pick Quist:

On Sunday, the Montana Democrats picked musician and songwriter Rob Quist as their nominee to run for the state’s vacant U.S. House seat in a special election May 25. (MTN)

The Montana Republicans pick their nominee today (Monday) starting at 2:00 p.m. The Chairman of the Montana Republicans was quick to issue a statement about Quist.

The 69-year-old Quist has never run for public office before.

According to this CRS report, the average age of Members of the U.S. House at the beginning of the 114th Congress was 57.0 years. In the U.S. Senate, it was 61.0 years.

I’ve mentioned before that Montana needs someone to fill the seat who will stay in the seat to build seniority, instead of using it as a stepping stone. It will take 10-15 years or more to gain some clout in the U.S. House.

This special election is the best chance the Montana Democrats have to win Montana’s lone House seat. They should throw everything they have at winning this race.

Quist has a campaign website that you can visit HERE.

Tester Town Hall:

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) held a town hall meeting in Great Falls Saturday afternoon. Some reports say 300 people attended the event. It seemed to be pretty uneventful.

This was a good showing by Tester. He is in his re-election cycle and he needs to be seen by Montanans more. Plus, he put the pressure on his fellow Montana Senator, Republican Steve Daines, to hold an “in-person” town hall meeting. A Daines town hall meeting might be more eventful.

Later Saturday afternoon, Tester held a fundraiser at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls. The “suggested” donation levels ranged from $100 to $2,700.

Closing a State Campus:

Montana Governor Steve Bullock told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle editorial board that he believes the Montana Board of Regents would have to at least consider closing a state campus to make up for the $23.3 million budget cut proposed in the current Legislature.

I think the Montana Board of Regents could really make the process of closing a state campus interesting. They could announce that the loser of this year’s “Brawl of the Wild” football game would have their campus closed.

Trump Tweets:

Early Saturday morning President Donald Trump Tweeted:

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

Is this paranoia or is there something to this accusation?

The next day the White Press Secretary said they had asked congress to look into executive branch abuse of powers by Obama and “Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted.”

I can’t wait until the next White House Press briefing…

Jeff Sessions & Forrest Gump:

In case you missed it this weekend, Saturday Night Live featured Attorney General Jeff Sessions, played by Kate McKinnon, in a Forrest Gump themed opening skit.



5 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits

  1. Regarding Rob Quist, congrats to him.

    You wrote:

    — “The 69-year-old Quist has never run for public office before.”
    — “It will take 10-15 years or more to gain some clout in the U.S. House.”
    — “…Montana needs someone to fill the seat who will stay in the seat to build seniority,”

    Given the grueling requirement of a House Rep. to continually run for office while conducting business back in DC, just how many years left would someone who is 69 now and 79 to 84 years old after having gained some clout? Isn’t it more likely that he would serve 2 possibly 3 terms and then look to pass the torch which would, once again, start the process of clout building over again?

    • Craig – That was kind of my point. I don’t see him sticking to it (if elected) for more than maybe three terms. After that Montana will have to start at or near the bottom in seniority again. I’ve said I wanted someone who would stay in the job for awhile (if reelected) so Montana would have some clout. Gianforte is 55 and Buttrey is 51. I don’t know if Gianforte would want to stay in that seat long enough to gain some clout, either.



      • I was sitting down when you made your point, which just passed overhead. Need more coffee so I can keep up.

  2. I like the Brawl of the Wild idea, but maybe tone it down a bit. Instead of closing the school, maybe force the campus bookstore to sell only the other school’s colors or something. Maybe the university president has to run naked down the football field after the game. I dunno.

    Right now the silly food bets our representatives make with each other is about all that’s on the line when these schools play. We need to up the ante, make things more interesting.

    And why is it just the MSU coach that gets $10,000 if he wins? Probably another symptom of UM’s terrible leadership/money situation, but UM needs to match that.

    • Greg – Thanks for your ideas! Another idea is instead of closing MSU or UM, the loser would have to close one the campuses under their umbrella. -JmB

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