General Flynn Retreats From Troy Downing

Troy Downing may not be from Montana and he’s certainly not a legitimate candidate for the US Senate, but he is quite accomplished at getting the Montana media to cover his campaign events, even when those events don’t even happen.

The past week, we’ve read story after story about felonious General Michael Flynn coming to Montana for a Downing campaign fundraiser, with almost all of them focusing less on Flynn’s betrayal of his country and subsequent plea for lying to the FBI and more on Flynn’s baseless attacks on Senator Tester.

Flynn, of course, canceled the event today, citing a “family emergency.” That’s an interesting euphemism for needing to change the batteries in your electronic monitoring bracelet, but I suspect the truth is simpler: Flynn and Downing weren’t going to make any money on an event no one was interested in attending. Given Flynn’s current employment and financial status, his appearance was almost certainly predicated on a large enough crowd to line his pocket with American dollars, what with the troubling exchange rate for rubles these days.

Even the worst of Montana Republicans probably hesitated a bit at the idea of paying $500 for a photograph with a felon. Rumor has it that you can get a photo with our rabid Congressman for half that, anyway.

I’m not sure a disgraced hack who should be locked up and who couldn’t face the people of Montana was given a platform to attack our Senator in the first place, but the next time a Republican candidate trots out someone like this, shouldn’t we pay more attention to why someone who sold out his country has been invited than what to what he has to say?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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