Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi
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 Sheriff Bob Edwards, Matt Rosendale, General John F. Kelly, the grand jury, and One More Thing!
Sheriff Bob Edwards:
In what I call a very sweet deal, the Great Falls Tribune this week reported that Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards’ partner-family member assault case in Lewis and Clark County is deferred, meaning the Helena City Attorney’s Office agrees to drop the charge entirely if Edwards meets the conditions of a plea agreement for six months.
It was reported that the alleged victim in the case would not testify on the prosecution’s behalf.
It was also reported that Edwards plans to return to work soon.
Here are two key things to remember about this event (as reported in the Tribune):
A law enforcement official reported hearing a disturbance in a nearby room, saying “a woman could be heard yelling about a gun” and they “heard her screaming about male throwing her into TV,” according to dispatch logs.
The second key thing is this:
Calls to law enforcement also indicate Edwards “put the gun in his mouth at one point” during the incident, which was confirmed by Helena Police Chief Troy McGee.
I don’t think a law enforcement person or anyone should be able to carry a firearm after this. I don’t think Edwards should be the Sheriff any longer.
I hope and pray the alleged victim in this case stays away from him. Who knows what will happen next time.
Current state auditor Matt Rosendale has entered the 2018 U.S. Senate race. He is vying for the Republican nomination. The seat is currently occupied by Democrat Jon Tester.
Right now Rosendale is the best-known Republican in the race, which is bound to be crowded. In 2014, Rosendale did not do well in a five-way primary for U.S. House. He finished third.
Here’s my bottom line: As I have said, Jon Tester will be hard to beat. He comes across as a moderate here in Montana. He meets with people. He passes some legislation. He has not had any big controversies, yet. He helps veterans. Although Trump did well here, Tester did well when his opponent tried to tie him to Obama.
I am calling the 2018 Montana Senate race “Safe Democrat.”
General John F. Kelly:
Although the Trump Administration can so far be described as a dumpster fire, I wanted to comment on the appointment of General John F. Kelly as the White House Chief of Staff.
Kelly is a retired Marine.
From my perspective as a former member of the military, if anyone is going to put out the dumpster fire, Kelly can. People who are former military still have the mission-comes-first charge-up-the-hill attitude and although some non-military people may think of us as assholes for our style, it normally works well to keep an organization focused. Kelly will bring discipline to the Trump team.
I wish Kelly the best in his new gig.
The Grand Jury:
It was reported this week that special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury. This may be the second grand jury impaneled by Mueller.
The Hill reports that this is fueling speculation that the investigation into Russian election meddling is growing in scope and seriousness. This probably means that we’re in for the long haul in regards to this investigation.
If you get called to testify, let me know…
One More Thing:
President Trump is heading out for a 17-day vacation. Here is what he said about President Obama taking vacations: