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Welcome to “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
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:
- Montana GOP & Bullock
- The Lincoln Project
- Jack Abramoff
- One More Thing
MONTANA GOP & BULLOCK:
On Wednesday I wrote about the Montana Republican Party accusing current Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Steve Bullock of violating “both the Hatch Act and Montana ethics laws in two of his newest campaign ads.”
The race between first-term U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R) and Bullock (D) is rated a toss-up.
I predicted the Montana Republican Party would file an ethics complaint or use their press release in their advertisement to go after Bullock.
They did file an ethics complaint and they found a friendly reporter to write a story about it. #Bingo
You can read the story in the Great Falls Tribune HERE.
I also said unless there’s more to the story, I rule the complaint from the Montana GOP without merit.
Bullock’s staff responded with a common-sense answer that everyone who follows politics knows already (except the Montana GOP, it appears):
“The governor’s office routinely posts public photos of the governor in the course of his official duties,” Communications Director Marissa Perry said. “Once in the public domain, those photos are available for public use, by anyone and for anything.”
THE LINCOLN PROJECT:
I was happy to see The Lincoln Project endorse Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Steve Bullock this week.
In their endorsement, The Lincoln Project stated:
Steve Bullock represents the best of America’s ideals. He cares about his constituents and works every day to make sure their lives are better.
We are proud to support Steve Bullock and usher in a new era of decent, fair, and honest leadership.
In case you are not sure what The Lincoln Project is, their mission is “Defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box.” They are a political action committee formed by several prominent Republicans and former Republicans. (Wiki)
You can watch the Bullock ad by clicking HERE.
Lee Newspapers reported this week that the sole funder of a political action committee that’s backing a woman running as the Green Party candidate in Montana’s U.S. Senate race is a Texas-based group normally aligned with conservative issues.
It was also reported that the Green Party qualified for the ballot in Montana this year after a signature-gathering effort paid for by the Montana Republican Party.
I guess it’s legal to do, but I think it’s cheating. I am sure both parties do this shit all the time. That’s why so many people are fed up with political parties.
Winning is a lot sweeter when you don’t cheat.
Bloomberg News is reporting that Jack Abramoff, the onetime Washington insider who went to prison in a lobbying scandal, was charged by the U.S. with illegally lobbying for a fraudulent cryptocurrency project.
It looks like Abramoff is headed back to prison. Bloomberg also reports:
Abramoff has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and violating the Lobbying Disclosure Act and faces as long as five years in prison, according to a court filing and U.S. Attorney David Anderson in San Francisco.
I’m sure one of the many incompetent reporters in Montana will try to tie (or mention) my former boss, Conrad Burns, with this Abramoff scandal.
Reminder: Burns died in 2016.
ONE MORE THING:
Don’t Be A Maskhole, Wear A Mask!
In the middle of a re-surging pandemic
NEW tonight: Trump administration files a brief asking the Supreme Court to wipe out Obamacare, arguing that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and that the entirety of the law must be struck down with it. https://supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/1
The Trump administration SCOTUS brief includes a section explicitly arguing that the ACA’s preexisting condition protections should be killed.
So much for his promise that he will always protect preexisting conditions.