The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. – Mark Twain
Today’s quick hits deal with:
- Montana Democrats & Quist
- Cotter – Still Complaining
- This Week in Washington
Montana Democrats & Quist:
The Montana Democrats held their annual Mansfield Metcalf Celebration over the weekend with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker as the keynote speaker. (AP)
The Montana Democrats have nominated musician Rob Quist to run in the special election for Montana’s only U.S. House seat. Quist will take on Republican Greg Gianforte and Libertarian Mark Wicks.
The key to winning for Quist and Gianforte is how well they do with the independent voters in Montana. The people in the middle will decide this race.
Cotter – Still Complaining:
Michael W. Cotter, the former United States Attorney for the District of Montana, used much of his 500+ word goodbye and thank you column to continue complaining about being released by the Trump Administration.
Here is a key part:
On March 10, 2017, the 46 Obama United States Attorneys remaining in office were summarily informed by telephone or learned via the Internet of our immediate ouster at the express order of President Trump. We were given three hours notice to vacate our offices, without thanks for our service and without Trump appointees in place to succeed us. There was no orderly transition such as I enjoyed, which allowed me to spend hours with my predecessor discussing the transition, pending investigations, and sensitive classified matters just after I came on board. Instead, having been characterized by Trump surrogates—without a shred of evidence—as “subversives” and “saboteurs” of President Trump, we were ordered to immediately resign, our loyalty to our country impugned. These allegations of subversion are patently false. The 92 United States Attorneys with whom I have served are among the finest and most loyal persons in the nation. As of now, there are fewer than a handful of vetted and experienced United States Attorneys in office in the entire country, and it could well be a year or more before these important offices are finally filled. Respectfully, this abrupt mass termination was unjustified and short-sighted, and it has needlessly thrown the Department of Justice into disruption.
I highly doubt the Department of Justice is being thrown into disruption anymore than it was six months ago. The U.S Attorney is a political position. There are hundreds of career civil service attorneys and staff who will keep the wheels of justice turning.
Cotter also thanked Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester for recommending him to President Obama. Readers may remember that Baucus had recommended his girlfriend and former state director for the U.S. Attorney job. (NY Times)
This Week in Washington:
There are several big events in Washington, D.C. this week:
- The Senate Judiciary Committee will start the process of considering the nomination of federal judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. (Reuters)
The questioning of Gorsuch is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Get your popcorn ready!
- FBI Director James B. Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael S. Rogers will appear in front of the House Intelligence Committee about Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. (Reuters)
The big question is what will Comey say about Trump’s contention that he was wiretapped.
- On Thursday there may be a vote in the U.S. House on the GOP’s health care plan
I don’t know if the Republicans have the votes to pass the bill. There will be a lot of jockeying heading into Thursday.