MT House 2014: The Circular Firing Squad

Today I was going to write about the new TV ads from the Ryan Zinke and John Walsh campaigns – two veterans who honorably served their country. I was probably going to mention the fact that they did not shoot at drones in their campaign ads.

All that changed when I read an e-mail from Ken Miller and then heard similar comments from Rick Hill.

Miller sent an e-mail yesterday in effect saying Zinke was not conservative enough. Miller wrote, “State Senators Matt Rosendale, Corey Stapleton and Elsie Arntzen would all serve this state and conservatives well.”

Ironically, Hill posted a message on his Facebook page yesterday basically saying Zinke was not conservative enough, too. Hill supports Elsie Arntzen saying, “I am supporting Elsie’s candidacy. There are three strong conservatives to choose from. But Ryan is not one of them.”

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They Grow Up So Fast

I got a chuckle when I read that Montana’s lone Congressman, Steve Daines, was heading to Israel this week. Daines seems to be adapting well to the Washington lifestyle – he’s growing up so fast!

I actually figured his first trip would be to Afghanistan so he could act like he knows something about the military.

According to Lee Newspapers, Daines is heading to Israel “as part of a trip with 25 other members of Congress, sponsored by a charity tied to one of the nation’s most prominent pro-Israel lobby groups.”

With an approval rating hovering around 15%, does it really matter much what Congress does?

After reading the article, I have to commend Daines for having the talking points down about how this trip will benefit Montana and how a committee he is a member of will use the information gathered during this trip for…committee stuff. So it’s all good in Daines’ eyes.

Daines has been a member of Congress for about 223 days. This is his first August recess since being elected to public office. So coming out of the gate during his first August recess and taking a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) junket is bold.  Continue reading

MT Senate 2014: Advantage GOP

On Saturday I almost decided to write about former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer’s decision not to run for the U.S. Senate, but I chose to wait until today. My reason for waiting was that I figured just about everyone (and their aunt and uncle) would be writing about ol Brian’s decision.

I was correct.

Schweitzer was the center of attention for most of Saturday and his “NO” to the U.S. Senate race rolled across Merica via Twitter, Facebook, and the Associated Press wire services – maybe even carrier pigeon.

Schweitzer’s decision left Democrats with a vacancy they did not think they would need to fill. It looks as though they were left a little flat-footed with a lot of blah, blah, blah, coming from their convention afterwards.

The Sunday Great Falls Tribune published a story by reporter John Adams about Schweitzer and connections to dark money. Read it HERE. To me the most interesting part of Adams’ reporting was the part in the second paragraph that stated, “POLITICO reported that Democratic leaders uncovered a ‘laundry list of opposition research’ into Schweitzer’s past that could have ‘crippled a Schweitzer campaign.’”

Republicans were probably thinking, “Wow, it took them long enough.” Adams also wrote, “Schweitzer did not return multiple phone calls inquiring into the matter.”

I seriously doubt the Tribune report or the POLITICO story had anything to do with Schweitzer not running for U.S. Senate. Schweitzer does not seem to be the type of person who wants to follow or be one of a hundred in D.C. The “grind” of working three days a week in D.C. and spending two days per week on an airplane to and from Montana would get old for Schweitzer really fast.

Deep down Schweitzer (and almost everyone else) knows the senate seat was his if he really wanted it.

The Montana Cowgirl and the Montana Street Fighter have taken a look at possible contenders HERE and HERE.  I’m leaning toward EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock because she could raise some serious cash quickly. She knows Montana (Butte native) and was Senator Jon Tester’s campaign manager and Chief of Staff.   Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the second Friday of March – Whoop, whoop!

As a public service from The Western Word (TWW) here’s a reminder to get up at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday and set your clocks ahead one hour.

By the way, how’s that sequestration thingy working out for you? I am currently waiting for President Obama to ask me out to lunch or dinner…

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about WaPo’s best blogs, jobs, the catheter, McCain & Graham, Piers Morgan Live, NRSC & RNC Plot Comeback, a special video showing a North Korea missile test, the Insane Rope Swing video, plus I crack open my political inbox and share! There’s a lot more so read on…

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