Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy. – Robert Kennedy
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 Greg Gianforte, Rob Quist, Mark Wicks, Donald Trump, the Stanley Cup, the NBA Finals, and Memorial Day!
The race between Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist for Montana’s lone House seat started out with Quist taking a slight lead, but throughout the evening Gianforte started picking up steam.
Around 10:35 p.m.last night the Associated Press called the race for Gianforte.
With about 98% of the votes counted this morning, Republican Greg Gianforte leads Democrat Rob Quist 50% – 44%. Libertarian Mark Wicks has 6% of the vote. In vote totals, Gianforte is winning by about 23,000 votes out of about 376,000 cast. The voter turnout was about 54%.
I predicted Gianforte would win by 7%, but with the assault charge on election eve, I thought it might be a little closer.
During his victory speech, Gianforte apologized for his actions Wednesday evening. Gianforte is facing misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.
Gianforte said in his apology:
I need to share something from my heart here, and I ask you to bear with me.
When you make a mistake you have to own up to it. That’s the Montana way. Last night I made a mistake and I took an action that I can’t take back. I’m not proud of what happened. I should not have responded in the way that I did and for that I am sorry.
I should not have treated that reporter that way and for that, I am sorry Mr. Ben Jacobs.
I also want to apologize to the Fox News team that was there and I am sorry to each one of you that we had to go through this. That’s not the person that I am and it’s not the way that I will lead in this state.
I think Gianforte sounded sincere. I’m sure his attorney approved the apology. He needed to apologize to try and clean up the mess. He still must face the repercussion through the legal system. That will probably dog him and Montana for quite some time.
The assault charge against Gianforte gives Montana Democrats something to use against him in 18 months. The Montana Democrats need to work on finding a candidate and properly vet the candidate. Rob Quist was dogged by things in his past from the very start of his campaign, and he was lucky that Gianforte was not that great a candidate or the defeat may have been even worse.
There are still many questions regarding the alleged assault. I’ll leave those for another day.
Congratulations to Greg Gianforte and his team on this victory. Thanks for Rob Quist and Mark Wicks for running for office.
This short 85-day campaign was fun. It’s too bad they are not all like this.
The Trump Push:
If we could have heard the audio better, I bet President Donald Trump probably told the other NATO leaders who were getting ready for the photo that, “I am from the United States, so I get to be in front.”
Maybe he even called them “losers.”
Stanley Cup Finals Set:
The Pittsburgh Penguins will play the Nashville Predators in the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals. Game one is set for Monday in Pittsburgh.
More details can be found HERE.
NBA Finals Set:
The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will play for the NBA championship once again. Game one is set for Thursday, June 1.
More details can be found HERE.
One More Thing:
Memorial Day is this Monday. It’s the time to remember those who gave their lives for our country. My prayers go out to them and to their families and friends. Thank you.
There’s a difference between Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day. I wrote a column about that several years ago. You can read it HERE.