Monday’s Quick Hits: Edwards, Red Meat, Donald & Chuck, & Deadline

You don’t run for public office unless you have a specific vision. You are driven by ideas and a vision. – Julie Nixon Eisenhower

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • Sheriff Bob Edwards
  • Red Meat Speeches
  • Donald & Chuck
  • Deadline

Sheriff Bob Edwards:

On Saturday Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards announced that he was running for reelection.

He won’t get my vote. He shouldn’t get your vote, either.

In February Edwards was told by the Montana Public Safety Officer Standards & Training council (POST) to surrender his police and coroner certificate during a case status hearing in Helena. The committee stated that alcohol, a physical altercation, and a gun were all factors in the June 2017 incident between Edwards and his girlfriend. (MTN)

There were reports that during the altercation Edwards put his gun in his mouth. He denies that.

With Edwards being asked to surrender his police and coroner certificate, why would we want him as our sheriff?

In my opinion, Edwards has some personal problems that should prevent him from being the sheriff or even carrying a weapon. He needs help or he may end up hurting someone or himself.

Fortunately, there are several other highly qualified individuals who decided to run for Cascade County Sheriff. Voters should pick one of them to lead the Sheriff’s office.

Red Meat Speeches:

This past weekend was a great one for political folks from both sides of the aisle. Of course, I stayed away from the get-togethers due to The Western Word’s travel budget not being what it once was. The way some newspapers are operating these days, I don’t think they have much of a budget to cover the news, either.

Here are a few lines about the big events:

The Yellowstone County Republicans in Billings welcomed David Clarke, the former sheriff of Milwaukee County, to speak to them. Lee Newspapers reported that Clark told the crowd they needed to get angry ahead of the 2018 elections. It was reported, “more than 650 people attended the sold-out event.”

The Montana Democrats welcomed former Vice President Joe Biden to Helena Saturday night. MTN News reported that 1,300 attended the event during which Biden touched on the values of America, the “mean-spirited” politics of Washington, D.C. and much of the nation, and what Democrats need to do to win in the 2018 elections. Biden spoke for 55 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Missoulian reported that in Bigfork the Flathead County Republicans listened to author, filmmaker, and conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza Saturday night.

It was reported by the Missoulian that only one press person was allowed into the event. One report from the Daily Inter Lake said that the 435 seat room was almost completely filled and that D’Souza spoke about topics ranging from abortion to tariffs and on turning liberals’ common attacks against conservatives — that they were racist, prejudiced, and borderline fascist — back against them.

I’m sure each group of folks attending these events left feeling energized and ready to work hard to elect their candidates in 2018.

Rah, rah…

Donald Trump & Chuck Todd:

During a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Saturday evening, President Donald J. Trump called “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd “a sleeping son of a bitch.”

Todd responded with, “I bring my kids up to respect the office of the presidency and the president. I don’t allow them to say anything negative, ever, about the president. It creates a challenge to all parents when he uses vulgarities like that.” (Fox News)

Deadline Today:

Today (March 12) at 5:00 p.m. is the close of candidate filing for 2018 Primary Election in Montana. We’ll see if there are any late surprises.

More information can be found HERE.

Thanks to all those who are running. If elected to the Montana Legislature, I hope you work to allow an easier path for independent candidates to get on the ballot in Montana.