Quote for the Day…
To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. ― Confucius
Caught My Eye (CME) is the once-a-week column posted every Friday morning. This is when I look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.
Here are a few things that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- He Needs Our Help
- Jacobsen’s Frivolous Complaints
- Gary Buchanan
- One More Thing
HE NEEDS OUR HELP:
I received an email from the Montana Republican Party with the subject, “He needs our help.”
The person they are referring to who needs help is Ryan Zinke. Zinke is in a tight race against Democrat Monica Tranel.
There are a lot of attacks on Tranel which makes me believe this race is close.
Even the conservative website Breitbart ran a story trying to help Zinke:
Montana congressional Libertarian candidate John Lamb and Democrat candidate Monica Tranel are coordinating their efforts to spoil Republican Ryan Zinke’s comeback campaign in the state’s first congressional district.
Lee Newspapers reported that the Montana Libertarian Party issued a statement on Thursday in response to that story, saying they are being used as the club with which the two major parties are beating each other.
It wouldn’t be the first time that one of the major political parties has helped a third-party candidate. If Tranel wins and Lamb gets a lot of votes, it would not be the first time a third-party candidate took a victory from a Republican.
That’s why Montana should require the winner of an election to get 50% or more of the vote, but that’s a fight for another day.
JACOBSEN’S FRIVOLOUS COMPLAINTS:
The Montana Free Press (MTFP) reports that Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan dismissed a trio of complaints filed last week by Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen against three Montana-based nonprofits that recently won a lawsuit against her office. In each decision, Mangan determined that Jacobsen’s allegations were “frivolous” and “unsupported by evidence.”
Upper Seven Law sent a press release to The Western Word that, in part, stated:
“The Secretary of State should be focused on the election, not retaliating against nonprofits in Montana who are helping her do her job by promoting the right to vote,” said Rylee Sommers-Flanagan, who represents the Forward Montana Foundation and MontPIRG. “As the Commissioner recognized, these Complaints were completely frivolous and a waste of taxpayer resources.”
I’ve lost a lot of confidence in the Montana Secretary of State’s office in the last few years. It seems that this office is the leader in making sure people they don’t like have a hard time voting.
Read the story from MTFP HERE.
A lot of Republicans are sick of the MAGA folks like Matt Rosendale embarrassing our state and country.
I have never voted for Rosendale, and I never will. I will be casting my vote for Independent Gary Buchanan.
I recently received a flier from his campaign that was very well done. It deals with privacy and freedom.
Please join me in voting for Gary Buchanan.
ONE MORE THING:
If my count is correct, I have received about 64 pieces of campaign literature this campaign season as of Thursday.
I feel a lot of love.
The Montana Conservation Voters Action Fund sent a flier promoting Justice Ingrid Gustafson and saying James Brown can’t be trusted to protect our right to access public lands.
I will be voting for Gustafson. You should, too.