The Wednesday Read: Corey, Melania, Jim, & Monica

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. ― David Russell

Today’s topics include:

  • Corey Stapleton
  • Melania, Melania
  • Jim Acosta
  • One More Thing

Corey Stapleton:

When someone new takes over a statewide office often we don’t really see a difference, at least not too soon. That’s not the case with Montana Secretary of State (SoS) Corey Stapleton. His office has made some serious mistakes.

The office made an error in the Montana Voter Information Pamphlet and then awarded a $265,000 contract to one of Stapleton’s friends to print a correction and mail it to voters. The Associated Press (AP) reports that it was not the lowest bid.

The Associated Press also reported the friend’s wife was also hired to defend Stapleton’s office in a lawsuit. That cost $60,000.

We won’t even get into the counting and reporting the votes in the last election.

I’m sure Stapleton is trying to do what is right, but he’s screwing up and there will be added scrutiny on everything he does.

Stapleton, a Navy veteran, needs to run a tighter ship.

Melania, Melania:

Rule: You really should not piss off an elected official’s spouse.

USA Today reported that first lady, Melania Trump called Tuesday for the dismissal of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel. Supposedly she has never met Ricardel.

“It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that [Ricardel] no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s communications director, said in a statement.

I’m sure people have been fired before because they clashed with the First Lady, but I don’t think I’ve seen the “Office of the First Lady” issue a statement saying someone does not deserve “the honor of serving in this White House.”

From reports, it looks like there will be several staff changes coming in the White House. Who knows how many are because they pissed off Melania.

Nonetheless, the situation with the deputy national security advisor was fumbled. We don’t need to know how Mrs. Trump feels about anyone working in White House, plus we don’t need her to wear any jackets with stupid comments on the back.

Jim Acosta:

CNN is reporting that they have filed a lawsuit against President Trump and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration of chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s access to the White House. The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban.

IMHO Acosta’s rights are being violated. The court should rule in favor of CNN.

One More Thing:

“The Clinton Affair” will air on A&E November 18. Monica Lewinsky reveals that she initially thought the “stain” on the blue dress “could be spinach dip or something.” (NY Post)

 

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2 Comments

  1. If the Secretary of State spent less time “showboating” and more time doing his duty, he would go down in history as a competent SOS. But at this rate, he will rival SOS Waltermeyer for being incompetent.

    • Carole – I agree. The Montana Democrats should be working hard to recruit a strong candidate to take him on. – JmB


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