Montana Politics

Brad Johnson: Campaigning on Your Dime

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I a move that would have embarrassed even Bob Brown, whose face was on every other billboard in Montana for a full year before his campaign for governor, Brad Johnson has announced that he intends to travel to every county in Montana on a “listening tour” to visit with elections officials. Claiming that the number one concern of local election officials was communication with the Secretary of State, Johnson has decided that e-mail, videoconferencing, and imagine the technological wonder—phones—couldn’t do the job, only he (and presumably his political hacks in the office can.

 

Johnson is once again demonstrating that he is all about show (inept though it may be) rather than substance. Rather than dealing with the obvious deficiencies in his management of the 2004 election, he is going to travel the state on your dime, campaigning, glad handing local Republican officials, and getting his name in small town newspapers.

 

If there is so little work for the Secretary of State to do, maybe we don’t need the job at all. More likely, we need someone who will actually do the work necessary to make elections run smoothly rather than promote himself.

 

–Pogie and Norm off at debate camp

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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