Given that many of the Montana editorial boards have taken it upon themselves to decide political races in Montana by telling candidates to drop out based on concerns about ethics, I wondered what were some of most interesting actions taken Montana politicians not worthy of calls for resignation by the new guardians of public morality.
It seems to me that some of these might just be a bit more serious than allegations of plagiarism.
10. Having a relationship with a Super PAC that’s so transparently unethical that it was worse than a satirical effort to mock the abuses of Super PACs. Oh, and outing the Navy SEAL Team that killed Osama bin Laden before making a political career of blaming the President for it. And calling the former Secretary of State the Anti-Christ.
9. Having been caught red-handed in an illegal scheme to circumvent Montana’s campaign finance laws that was so egregious it got national attention.
8. Beating your wife and child in front of a law enforcement officer after repeatedly threatening to kill her.
7. Calling for a Civil War if the President of the United States is re-elected, posting vile racist observations online, then doing it again, then doing it again, and topping it off with hateful homophobic rhetoric. Oh, and calling for President Obama to be killed like Trayvon Martin was.
6. Calling for the arrest of federal workers carrying out the law in Montana.
5. Sponsoring a bill that would give the state the power to legalize human trafficking and slavery.
4. Driving on a highway for an hour and a half with a BAC of 0.24 and then claiming it wasn’t a violation of the law.
3. And in a personal favorite related blast from the past, obstructing justice in an investigation of vehicular homicide
2. Accepting an illegal donation of $500,000 in the weeks before an election. Hell, the Billings Gazette turned around and endorsed the guy.
1. Almost every part of Conrad Burn’s disreputable career.