Caught My Eye…

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill

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 about today include Fagg vs Rosendale, Montana Roots, 2020 Census, Thomas McInerney, Stamp Out Hunger, and One More Thing!

Fagg vs Rosendale:

Former state district Judge Russ Fagg and current state auditor Matt Rosendale are probably the top two Republican U.S. Senate candidates. The other two are Troy Downing and Al Olszewski

So it was not a surprise that Fagg went after Rosendale in a recent campaign ad. Fagg says that Rosendale “opposes the death penalty” and that Rosendale says, “It’s time to get rid of the death penalty.” Fagg then closes his ad with, “Matt Rosendale: Wrong for Montana.”

Fagg seems to believe that illegal aliens and the death penalty are two things that he can score points on against Rosendale. I’m not sure that Montanans rank those issues that high on their list of things they lose sleep about.

We’ll see if Rosendale returns fire.

Montana Roots:

MTN’s Mike Dennison did an interesting story about the Republican U.S. Senate candidates and whether or not they are “native” Montanans.

Russ Fagg is a native Montanan. So is Al Olszewski. Matt Rosendale and Troy Downing are not Montana natives.

I get a kick out of the native Montanan nonsense. Some natives complain about non-natives taking over the state. Some elected officials like Mike Mansfield, Conrad Burns, John Melcher, and even the golden boy of the Montana Republican Party, Steve Daines, were not born in Montana.

I have actually met some native Montanans who can walk and chew gum at the same time!

Read Dennison’s full report HERE.

2020 Census:

We need to get an accurate count in the 2020 Census and not do anything that would prevent people from completing their forms.

If we don’t get an accurate count, it’s like inviting people over to dine at your home and not knowing how many will show up. You, like cities, counties, and states, need to know how many to prepare for. The Census helps us know how many people will use the services that cities, counties, and states offer.

I commend Montana Governor Steve Bullock for sending a letter to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee telling them:

“The federal officials who administer the Census have a special public trust: follow the Constitution, and steer clear of political games that would distort the results of the Census. After all, simply counting shouldn’t be that hard,” wrote Governor Bullock. “There is no place for the ugly, racial history of gerrymandering to rear its head again through the Census.”

You can read Bullock’s whole letter HERE.

Thomas McInerney:

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney crossed a line while being interviewed on Fox Business Channel (FBC).

McInerney was being interviewed about Gina Haspel, who is the President’s nominee to run the CIA. Torture has been part of her questioning. The FBC host, Charles Payne, brought up John McCain, who held as a hostage in Vietnam for five years and is against the nomination of Haspel. McCain is against torture.

McInerney responded with, “The fact is, is John McCain — it worked on John. That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.’” (WaPo)

Payne later apologized for McInerney being a jerk. As for McInerney, I doubt he apologizes. He’s just spewing the same bullshit that comes from our President.

Stamp Out Hunger:

The 26th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is this Saturday, May 12.


For more information, click HERE.

One More Thing:

I happened to catch a Memorial Day sale ad on television. They were talking about being closed on Memorial Day weekend to be with family and enjoy the great outdoors.

Just a reminder – Memorial Day is the day to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in the military.