Choosing not to vote isn’t rebellion. It’s surrender. – Unknown
Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.
This week’s topics include spending in the Montana U.S. Senate race, unemployment, troops to the border, Boilermakers Local D239, FiveThirtyEight and the Montana U.S. House and U.S. Senate races, campaign material, anonymous campaign material, Klay Thompson, James “Whitey” Bulger and Great Falls, and much more!
Monday was not a good day for Greg Gianforte, for Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West, or for Montana.
Lee Newspapers reported that Gianforte was sentenced to 20 hours of anger management counseling and 40 hours of community service. He was given a deferred six-month jail sentence. If he does not violate the conditions of his sentence, the charge could be dismissed. Gianforte was also fined $385 and paid $4,600 in restitution.
This was for his conviction of misdemeanor assault for which he pleaded guilty.
It took a long time for the sentence to be handed out because Judge Rick West tried to give Gianforte four days in jail (with two of those being work days) but as was reported, someone pointed out that “work days” cannot be given in an assault case.
West initially sentenced Gianforte to four days in jail and said he could offset the jail time through participating in a county work program.
But when the judge was informed by other court personnel that someone guilty of assault is ineligible for the work program, West decided to defer Gianforte’s entire six-month sentence and impose the community service and anger-management classes instead.
So Judge West had to recalculate. It was embarrassing. The audio was terrible listening to the proceedings on-line. The local press and the court were not ready for their 15 minutes of fame.
Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. – John Kenneth Galbraith
Unless a great Libertarian candidate for Montana’s open At-Large House seat is nominated to run, the choice between Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte will be a tough one for this blogger. Maybe it will be a tough choice for you, too.
So heads-up to these candidates and their staffers – you have some selling to do in the next 79 days.
Here are some of my thoughts about the race between Rob Quist and Greg Gianforte.