Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you. ― Anonymous
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- The Massage Parlor Sting
- Ryan Zinke & the Grand Jury
- Hold the Date
The Massage Parlor Sting:
I am surprised the Montana Democrats haven’t sent out a press release asking Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines to return any donations he received from John Childs of J.W. Childs Associates.
That’s the normal method of operation (from both political parties) when a donor allegedly broke the law. The other party will say something condemning their opponent for being associated with such a low-life person and that he/she should return the donations. I think the Democrats and Republicans have a checklist developed for it.
If you follow me on Twitter, then you were probably one of the first to see the story from Business Insider about the relationship between Child and Daines.
According to Business Insider and other sources, Childs was charged by the Vero Beach Police Department for solicitation of a prostitute. Childs has denied any wrongdoing. This is the same massage parlor prostitution sting that caught New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Kraft has also denied the charges.
Business Insider reported:
Childs is a major Republican donor who supported GOP candidates in the past such as 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and former House Speaker Paul Ryan, according to opensecrets.org.
He has an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion and donated some $4.3 million throughout the last election cycle, according to TCPalm.
Campaign finance records show that Childs gave a whopping $250,000 to America First Action, a superPAC that supports President Donald Trump.
He also donated large sums to the conservative Club for Growth Action superPAC, the Senate Conservative Actions PAC, and the America Rising PAC.
He also backed individual Republicans like Florida Sen. Rick Scott, Montana Sen. Steve Daines, and Indiana Sen. Mike Braun.
Congratulations to Daines for making the list!
These little “bumps in the road” are things that Daines does not need as he approaches his first reelection in the U.S. Senate.
Ryan Zinke & the Grand Jury:
The Washington Post reported that prosecutors have begun presenting evidence to a grand jury in Washington in their probe of whether former interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to federal investigators, according to two individuals briefed on the matter.
Thanks to the anonymous commenter on The Western Word blog for giving me this scoop about this story Friday afternoon. I allow anonymous comments on The Western Word blog. All comments are approved by me.
The Washington Post reports the reason for the grand jury:
The closed-door deliberations are focused on Zinke’s decision not to grant a petition by two Indian tribes to operate a commercial casino in Connecticut, according to these individuals, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because grand jury proceedings are not public.
Just because the grand jury is “examining” if Zinke lied to federal officials during an investigation, does not mean he is guilty. This will play out in time, but I must say that Zinke’s time as Interior Secretary was not exactly his best performance as a public official.
Hold the Date:
Early Sunday morning, President Donald J. Trump tweeted:
HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th. It will be called “A Salute To America” and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!
I can’t wait – not because of the event but because I figure it will be a lot warmer on the Fourth of July than it is as I write this column (minus 7). I’m tired of the cold weather.
Nonetheless, I bet it’s gonna be huge!