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.
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.