When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal. – Richard M. Nixon
Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Topics that I am providing commentary on today include the Montana U.S. House race, Alert Message, Montana U.S. Senate 2018, the Sergeant Schultz defense, James Comey, shots fired update, Armed Forces Day, and much more!
We (Don’t) Recommend:
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle usually endorses political candidates, but in the upcoming U.S. House special election the candidates (Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist) were so bad, that they couldn’t pick one.
I’m not kidding, read their editorial HERE. Here is the key paragraph:
That said, we as a group are not sold on either candidate. Call that a cop-out, if you will, but recommending a candidate to be Montana’s sole representative in the U.S. House of Representatives shouldn’t come down to a lesser of two evils.
Good for the Chronicle editorial board. They rightly point out that the political parties chose these candidates and not through a primary.
With new (negative) information coming out almost every day about the two major party candidates (Gianforte & Quist), who knows what Montanans will find out about them down the road. It’s embarrassing that Montanans have to pick from the bottom of the barrel.
Although he is not getting much attention, Libertarian Mark Wicks might have the least amount of negative information dogging him. Voters should examine his views.
Alert, Alert, Alert:
Some conservatives in Great Falls were up in arms about a few Rob Quist campaign signs being on display at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art which is owned by the school district. After several people made fools of themselves on social media, it was discovered that Quist had rented a room in the facility for a campaign event and was temporarily displaying the signs to let supporters know about the event.
I am alerting people in and around Great Falls that another event for Rob Quist is being held this Saturday, May 20, 4:00-5:00 PM at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art.
So keep your powder dry folks!
The event is a campaign rally with special guest U.S. Senator Jon Tester.
MT U.S. Senate 2018:
While all the attention is being paid to the special U.S. House election being held next Thursday, there have been a couple people announce that they were running for U.S. Senate in 2018 against two-term U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.).
First, State Senator Al Olszewski of Kalispell announced his intentions. Olszewski is an orthopedic surgeon.
Most recently, Gallatin County resident Troy Downing announced his intention to run. Downing is the head of a California-based self-storage company. He has never run for office according to the story from the Associated Press.
Most everyone is waiting to see what Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is going to do. The Montana Democrats have already started with some light attacks on Fox. Fox does have the name recognition, plus he has won a couple statewide races. At this time he would be a stronger opponent for Tester.
Tester will be highly favored against any of these three. Tester is quietly going about the business of campaigning at this time. He is wisely using the announcements to fundraise.
The Sergeant Schultz Defense:
It appears that with all that is going on with the Trump Administration, Vice President Mike Pence is going to use the Sergeant Schultz defense. You may remember Schultz as the German prison guard on the program “Hogan’s Heroes.” When he saw things that he was not supposed to, he would say, “I see nothing” or “I know nothing.”
NBC News last night reported that a source close to the VP said he has been kept in the dark about former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn’s alleged wrongdoing and that not being informed about issues was a “pattern.”
Bloomberg News this week reported that Pence has taken steps to begin building his own political war chest. Pence launched Great America Committee, a leadership PAC, a move that will enable him to channel money to congressional Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
If former FBI Director James Comey testifies in front of a congressional committee, let’s hope it is out in the open for all to see.
If it is held for the public to see, it might be a good idea to move it to primetime. They could think about paying down our national debt by airing it on pay-per-view.
If Comey has some negative information on Trump and we find out that Trump clearly tried to interfere in the investigation of Michael Flynn, then that means trouble for Trump.
Comey helped defeat Hillary Clinton by re-opening the email investigation just a few days before the election. He could get the “double whammy” by taking down Trump.
Shots Fired (update):
Back on April 5, I wrote about a 60 Minutes story in which they reported about Betty Shelby a white police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who fatally shot Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old African-American man. Crutcher was unarmed.
At that time I said that, after watching the videos a couple of times and reading about the incident from several sources, I would be surprised if Officer Shelby is found guilty.
A jury on Wednesday acquitted Betty Shelby of first-degree manslaughter.
One More Thing:
Saturday, May 20, (tomorrow) is Armed Forces Day.
To all the men and women serving in our Armed Forces: Thank you for your service!