About Those Republicans and the Office of Political Practices

When I suggested in an earlier post that Republicans bore some of the blame for the mess at the Office of Political Practices, it was suggested that I was trying to unfairly politicize the situation.

It turns out I was being too fair to the Republicans, as the Associated Press points out today. It seems that Republican Representative Ed Buttrey thought he could manipulate the governor in choosing a Republican:

The email, which Peterson said he accidentally attached to application documents, shows a Republican lawmaker discussing ways to trick the governor into unknowingly picking an applicant the GOP views as a secret conservative ally. The email was pulled from the online application packages Friday morning.

Republican state Sen. Edward Buttrey, of Great Falls, wrote that an applicant named Johnny Walker "is really a Republican in Democrat’s clothing."

"It would be a major coup, in my opinion, to get him appointed by the governor," Buttrey said of the applicant. "I doubt that our governor knows that he is really a conservative."

Two thoughts:

  1. Can the Republicans please quit grandstanding on this issue now?
  2. Please stop trying to outsmart the Governor, Republican legislators. It’s embarrassing to watch.
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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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