Winner: Cell Phone Carriers AND TRADITIONAL PHONE COMPANIES
It was a big week for phone companies in Montana as both the Bucy and Miller campaigns violated state law with a series of robocalls across the state. The Miller approach was far more egregious, as the candidate called 100,000 numbers across the state, including reporters, liberal bloggers, and the Commissioner of Political Practices.
Miller’s move was desperate, something fit for a candidate with little chance of winning.
WINNER: SATIRICAL TWITTER ACCOUNTS
Dustin Hurst’s unusual take on reporting did inspire at least two Twitter accounts worth following, @DirtybagDustin and @TheTruthHurst.
LOSER: NEIL LIVINSTONE
He promised bold leadership to grow Montana’s economy…at the same pace it has been growing for months…and his running mate decried his nonsensical, offensive war rhetoric. Just another week in the life of super spy Neil Livingstone.
WINNER: JON TESTER
Senator Tester may not have gone as far as I would prefer when it comes to marriage equality, but his position supporting civil unions is a step in the right direction. While similar to the position taken by Steve Bullock last week, Tester was more explicit about his support for equality.
LOSER: WHAT’s LEFT OF THE CREDIBILITY OF THE MONTANA GOP
While I have to credit Republican Party executive director Bowen Greenwood for his honesty, it’s hard to be terribly excited about someone mounting a write-in campaign for Clerk of the Supreme Court for purely political reasons. In his announcement e-mail, Greenwood said he was running because “Republicans should care about this effort. As a voter is marking his or her ballot, the tendency is to keep voting the same party all the way down the ticket, unless something breaks the chain.”
The truth is that Ed Smith, the long-serving Supreme Court Clerk, is eminently qualified and should keep his position Greenwood has no experience relevant for the position—and his nakedly partisan reasons for running are a clear indication that his write-in campaign shouldn’t be taken seriously.