Fresh on the heels of depriving the Board of Regents of the sane, sensible voice Pat Williams brought to the body, the Montana Senate drove another committed public servant from serving the state. Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioner Bob Ream announced today that he is withdrawing his nomination for a four-year term as commissioner.
KTVQ reports that Ream chose to step down to avoid a “sham hearing” by a body that that already decided it would vote against his confirmation. In the letter announcing his resignation, Ream wrote:
I choose not to waste my time on a sham hearing, nor subject myself or my family to a Senate confirmation process that has a predetermined partisan outcome.
While the House may still have more radicals, the Senate is fast becoming the real tragedy of this 2013 legislative session. The senior, more deliberative body owes the state more than partisanship and a political culture that drives out excellent and eminently qualified candidates like Bob Ream and Pat Williams.
The kind of reasonable, informed leadership each offered the citizens of Montana is all too rare—something it would seem the Republican caucus in the Senate should know better than almost anyone else.
Thanks for your service, Bob. As the Governor said today, you’ll be missed at FWP.