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KlindtWatch: Salsa Time! (And A Request for the Montana Media)

The Boot Burns blog mentions the absurd little RSNC ‘Politician of the Day’ program reported in the Tribune last week, highlighting just how desperate the Republicans are getting in this election cycle, both here and nationally. I’m not a smart person like the Republicans, perhaps, but does it make much sense for the majority party to use ‘politician’ as a perjorative term?

That aside, the Tribune article did offer some more of that Jason Klindt magic:

Making much out of the fact that Café Citron offers salsa lessons on Wednesdays — Morrison’s event was held from 6 to 8 p.m.; lessons don’t begin until 10 — the NRSC dubbed him ‘Salsa Johnny.’Jason Klindt, communications director for the Burns campaign, took up the theme, saying, ‘I just hope Johnny Salsa doesn’t pull out the Macarena when people are asking him about the issues.

You know that guy. An acquaintance that people avoid at lunch because he thinks he’s funny? You know, someone who makes a macarena reference 10 years after the dance was (briefly) popular? The guy who avoids serious discussion of issues by making an off-color joke that makes everyone uncomfortable?

Conrad, you’ve hired that guy.

And, members of the Montana media, I have a newsflash for you. Mr. Klindt’s entire job, it appears, is to provide one quotable remark for each newspaper story about his boss. The only problem is that he doesn’t seem to care if they are true, as we have discussed before.
So, the next time you feel tempted to add one of his ‘witty’ remarks to an article to give the illusion of balance, at least check to see if it is 1) true and 2) relevant. As insightful as the comment about ‘Jonny Salsa’ was, maybe next time you can ask Mr. Klindt to explain why his boss should be re-elected when he doesn’t even know what he thinks about the Dubai deal. Maybe Conrad’s waiting for some checks to clear first.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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