One has to admire Brad Johnson’s tenacity, if nothing else. Desperate to find work and unable to get anyone to support him, he’s lost a race for the Public Service Commission, offered his services to the Commissioner of Political Practices, and now is running for Secretary of State once again. Demonstrating the kind of excellence he showed in his previous tenure as Secretary of State, he recently wrote a sad little letter to the editor attacking current Secretary of State Linda McCulloch.
He attacked Mrs. McCulloch for her efforts to provide a web site voters can use to report fraud and illegal behavior during elections, something all of us would agree can only help improve the process.
Voting trouble is certainly a subject with which Mr. Johnson has more than a passing familiarity. During his tenure as Secretary of State, he failed to ensure the integrity of Montana’s elections as a 2006 audit showed that:
- 42% of county election supervisors said the Secretary’s office did a poor or very poor job proving guidance in late registration.
- excluded felons and the dead were not purged from the rolls.
- the Secretary of State’s office was responsible for delays on Election day in 2006.
- Brad Johnson wasted money promoting himself, rather than improving his office.
It’s also worth noting that, as Secretary of State, McCulloch halted $60,000 in illegal bonuses that Brad Johnson awarded his staff on his way out of office.
Finally, and amusingly, Mr. Johnson couldn’t even spell McCulloch’s name correctly in his letter—and the Gazette didn’t correct his error. Not exactly the best confidence building strategy for someone known for his sloppy work and incompetence, even among Republican circles.