We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. – Charlotte Whitton
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 Steve Daines & Brett Kavanaugh, Matt Rosendale, Ryan Zinke, Air Force One, and One More Thing you won’t want to miss!
Steve Likes Brett:
I receive newsletters and updates from my congressional delegation. Thursday morning U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) sent me his newsletter about his recent meeting with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
There have been no hearings about Kavanaugh’s nomination in the Senate yet, but after Daines met with him for a few minutes, he writes, “I offer him my full support and my vote” and “The Senate should confirm Judge Kavanaugh as swiftly as possible.”
I expected Daines to support Kavanaugh, but I think he should at least wait until after Kavanaugh is grilled in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Who knows what they will find.
Stop being such an ass-kisser, Senator.
Over at the Montana Post, Don Pogreba reports that Senate candidate and State Auditor Matt Rosendale evaded public scrutiny and open records laws by not only using a private e-mail account for his official business as Senate Majority leader in the Montana Legislature but by also requesting that his official account be deleted.
The Montana Democrats picked up on it.
Rosendale has some explaining to do.
Whoever allowed this is a few fries short of a Happy Meal – but sadly there are quite a few of those people elected to the Montana legislature.
I think it’s baloney that any state legislator lists a private email address as their official contact. Those that are campaign-related, like firstname.lastname@example.org, should be illegal. It’s like the State of Montana is campaigning for Austin Knudsen.
Members are provided an official email address to do business and should be required to use it.
The big question is does anyone serving in the Montana Legislature have the courage to make it law?
It seems like almost every month there’s an investigation into something Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has done or is doing.
This time the Associated Press reports it is Zinke’s involvement in a land deal with the head of an energy services company that does business with the agency.
If people keep throwing darts at Zinke, one of these days they may hit the bullseye.
Air Force One:
President Donald Trump has told people he wants the new Air Force One plane to be painted red, white, and blue.
I have a few ideas.
Maybe we could go the NASCAR route and sell stickers to be placed on the plane to pay for the trip. Also, any elected officials who ride in the plane would have to wear a flight suit with patches displayed on it with the names of their top 10 donors.
Or, we could leave it the color it is.
One More Thing:
President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the United States this fall. (Reuters)
This will be great for Putin and the Russians. They can interfere with our midterm elections and see first-hand how well they did right from the comfort of the good ol’ USA.