I have to say I’m pretty excited about Ronald Murray’s decision to file a lawsuit against the Commissioner of Political Practices over the latter’s decision to pursue claims against Murray for his involvement with dark money specialists American Tradition Partnership in 2010. Getting one of those candidates on the stand with the choice of either telling the truth about campaign coordination or risking perjury charges will represent a great start towards cleaning up Montana elections.
The TEA-fueled train wreck that is Ravalli County took another curve at full speed yesterday, with County Treasurer Valerie Stamey accusing Commissioner J.R. Inman of corruption and threatening to call in the FBI to investigate. While there is some dispute about whether or not Ravalli County recognizes the authority of the FBI, there is no disputing that the TEA Party commissioners there seem to have appointed someone there as capable of being treasurer as they are of being commissioners.
We won’t just have Ravalli County to kick around, though, if Townsend’s most patriotic man, Tim Ravndal, wins his bid to join the Broadwater County Commission. Ravndal, who was savaged (fairly and memorably) by a Broadwater County resident this July, would no doubt declare the sovereignty of his county as his first act as commissioner.
Former Republican Lt. Governor John Bohlinger will seriously consider dropping out of the Senate race if John Walsh is appointed by Governor Bullock:
Bohlinger says that if Bullock picks Walsh, Bohlinger “would give serous thoughts to withdrawing from the race.”
Bohlinger says the interim appointment would give Walsh the power, name recognition and fundraising ability of an incumbent, making it almost impossible to defeat him in the election.
Perhaps it’s just me, but those sound like excellent arguments to appoint Walsh, given that Steve Daines is the real target.
Meanwhile, Corey Stapleton continued to campaign on his Facebook wall and Ryan Zinke, a man running for the US Congress, is pouring over his Facebook likes and bumper sticker contest submissions.