Caught My Eye…

Wanting everyone to have healthcare and food does not make you a communist, socialist, or unpatriotic. It just makes you a good person. -Unknown

Welcome to the big column to end the week, “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Albert Olszewski – Montana Governor
  • The Mueller Report
  • The Candidates
  • The McConnell Fall
  • One More Thing

Albert Olszewski – Montana Governor:

Several sources, including MTN News, reported that State Senator Albert Olszewski (R-Kalispell) publicly announced his candidacy this week.

MTN also reported that two Republicans who currently hold statewide office — Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox — have also announced plans to run for governor.

The Montana Democrats (Executive Director Monica Lindeen) were quick to put out a statement about Olszewski:

“Al Olszewski has already demonstrated a lack of interest in fighting for Montanans,” Lindeen said. “As a legislator, he has repeatedly voted against affordable health care for Montanans, voted against protecting Montana’s public lands and tried to put the government between a woman and her doctor. He’s shown his values don’t align with the rest of Montana and, therefore, he’s not qualified to be our next governor.”

The right-wing loyalty website (legislatorloyalty.com) that grades Republicans in the state legislature gave Olszewski a “C” grade for the current 2019 and past 2017 legislative session.

Olszewski is an Air Force veteran. Having more veterans serve in elected office is always a good thing. By the way, many of us who served in the Air Force are often asked why we picked the Air Force. The answer is because we scored high enough to have a choice…

I am not sure Olszewski will be competitive against Stapleton and Fox. Many moderates (and Democrats) are afraid that a Republican will be elected governor and would be a rubber stamp on everything the right-leaning state legislature passes.

The Mueller Report:

You knew it was going to happen – somebody with knowledge of what’s in the report was going to talk about the yet to be released Mueller report and the press was going to report it.

The Washington Post reported that members of Mueller’s team have told associates they are frustrated with the limited information that Attorney General William P. Barr has provided about their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump sought to obstruct justice.

The Post also reported that Mueller’s full report could contain unflattering revelations about the president and his behavior.

Another interesting aspect being reported is the Mueller team had prepared summaries of the report that were intended to be ready for public consumption in a timely manner. The Barr team did not release them.

It’s a pretty goofy setup that the President’s Attorney General (AG) (William Barr) gets to see the report first and provide us with a summary. Then Barr gets to decide what else is released. That system is ripe for corruption.

It’s beginning to look like Trump picked Barr to be his AG because he knew that Barr would protect him. Barr is supposed to side with justice, not with the President.

I’m not in favor of releasing classified information to the general public, but there are those in Congress on both sides of the fence who should be able to see the full report. They should also be the ones to decide what can be released.

We know that Trump and his supporters are screaming that he was totally exonerated in the report – because his AG said so. I won’t believe it until I read the report. Trump will try and play this like his taxes. We can’t let him do that.

On the other hand, if Trump was totally exonerated in the report, why in the hell would they not want to release it?

The Candidates:

There are a lot of people running for President on the Democrat side of the fence. Is this a great country or what? Who do you like? Here is a list I put together of those who have actually announced. I think there are 17 (so far):

Cory Booker – U.S. Senator (New Jersey)
Pete Buttigieg – Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Julian Castro – Former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
John Delaney – Former Congressman from Maryland
Tulsi Gabbard – U.S. Representative (Hawaii)
Kirsten Gillibrand – U.S. Senator (New York)
Kamala Harris – U.S. Senator (California)
John Hickenlooper –Former Governor of Colorado
Jay Inslee – Governor of Washington
Amy Klobuchar ¬- U.S. Senator (Minnesota)
Wayne Messam – Mayor of Miramar, Florida
Beto O’Rourke – Former U.S. Representative (Texas)
Tim Ryan – U.S. Representative (Ohio)
Bernie Sanders – U.S. Senator (Vermont)
Elizabeth Warren – U.S. Senator (Massachusetts)
Marianne Williamson – Author, Lecturer, and Activist
Andrew Yang – Tech entrepreneur

The Atlantic has put together a “cheat sheet” with information about the candidates. You can read it HERE. Bookmark it because they will update it.

The McConnell Fall:

Fox News reported that a former aide to Hillary Clinton is facing backlash for mocking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over video of the Kentucky Republican falling down. Adam Parkhomenko, a Democratic strategist who served in Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, shared a video on Wednesday of McConnell falling while stepping onstage at a campaign event.

It was soon pointed out on social media that McConnell had polio as a child and that paralysis from the disease has had a lasting effect on the lawmaker.

Fox News also reported that Parkhomenko, however, has doubled down, blasting journalists for running to McConnell’s defense. He did vow to delete his tweet if McConnell “stops trying to take away coverage from those with pre-existing conditions or…in general.”

If Parkhomenko would have said, “Look at this guy who had polio as a child fall down,” that would have been wrong and in bad taste.

But he didn’t.

One More Thing:

I wonder what the people who write “u” and “ur” do with all their extra time. – Unknown

 

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