The Wednesday Read: MT Senate/House 2018, Primary, & Kilmeade

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. – Harry S Truman

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • MT Senate: Daines vs Zinke
  • Tester & Trump
  • Grant Kier – U.S. House
  • Moving On
  • Brian Kilmeade

MT Senate: Daines vs Zinke:

The word on the street is the Montana Republican Senate primary is getting messy. Even the Montana Democrats are picking up on it. They actually sent out a press release about it and it included more than their disdain for Judge Russell Fagg running a “shadow campaign for Senate.”

The Montana Democrats pointed out that:

As the Montana GOP Senate primary descends into a messy proxy battle between Sen. Steve Daines and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and their chosen candidates, potential would-be candidates are now complaining about the Washington GOP establishment playing king makers, instead of promoting a healthy primary contest.

As someone who has followed and worked on several races here in Montana, I will bet there will be a few hurt feelings before we end it in June of next year. As is normal, some of it will carry over to the general election. This will prevent the winner from getting the support and help he/she needs to mount a serious campaign against incumbent Democrat Senator Jon Tester.

It really does not matter though. Tester is a solid favorite. If he ends up working with President Trump on tax reform, (see below) that will make him more likable here in Montana.

Tester & Trump:

If you follow me on Twitter, then you were one of the first to know that U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s (D-Mont.) name was mentioned during Tuesday’s White House press briefing when the subject turned to tax reform.

A member of the press asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders a question about Tester and tax reform:

Q Senator Jon Tester of Montana indicated today that he was not invited but is open to talking about tax reform. Does that mean that he perhaps could be a future guest of the President’s for dinner? Will the President reach out to Senator Tester in that regard?

MS. SANDERS: The administration has been clear we want to sit down with anybody who’s willing to be serious about real tax reform for this country, about providing real relief for middle-class America, and actually looking to make bold changes. Those are the conversations we want to have. And I would imagine if Senator Tester wants to be involved in those and is serious about it, we’d certainly be willing to have that conversation with him.

There are reports that President Trump will come to Montana to talk about tax relief. It would seal Tester’s reelection if Trump invites him up on stage like he did U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and they end up working together on tax reform.

Trump has already signed several pieces of veterans’ legislation that was sponsored/co-sponsored by Tester.

Grant Kier – U.S. House:

Democrat Grant Kier officially entered the race to represent Montana in the United States House of Representatives. Kier is the former Director of two Montana land trusts: Five Valleys Land Trust, serving western Montana and the Bitter Root Land Trust, serving Ravalli County.

The Missoula Current has a story posted about the Kier announcement. Read it HERE.

Freshman Republican Greg Gianforte currently occupies the seat.

Moving On:

In the Great Falls City Commission primary election, the Great Falls Tribune reports that Mary Sheehy Moe, Owen Robinson, incumbent Fred Burow, and Rick Tryon advanced to the general election. Moe led the way with 5,543 votes followed by Robinson (3,900 votes), Burow (3,649 votes) and Tryon (3,351 votes).

Two will be elected to the City Commission in November. The results are unofficial.

Amazingly, two people I voted for made the cut!

Brian Kilmeade:

Kilmeade is one of the three stooges on the highly popular conservative Fox & Friends show. Kilmeade and Steve Doocy over the years have asked some of the dumbest questions in morning television.

The latest from Kilmeade was a classic:

In an interview with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade alluded to a memorial for passengers of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Zinke was slated to speak.

“Do you worry that 100 years from now someone is going to take that memorial down like they are trying remake our memorials today?” Kilmeade asked, referring to the recent controversies that have led to the removal of statues for Confederate military leaders like Robert E. Lee.

Zinke replied with, “I’m one that believes we should learn from history and I think our monuments are part of our country’s history.”

Kilmeade is missing a few buttons on his remote control….

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