In his latest official e-newsletter, Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton outdoes himself and the office he holds, if that’s even possible.
There are so many concerns in our upcoming elections that Stapleton fails to mention in his rambling notification. The agency he heads should be focused on coordinating health and safety protocols for voters and election personnel. He should be promoting mail-in ballots, setting up drive-through locations, doing voter outreach and taking the fear out of casting a ballot.
Instead, Stapleton’s post says because we have elections, we’ll be OK. Here’s the link to his bizarre newsletter.
He recounts his “thrifty” grandparents, that we need to be “grateful for our constitutional republic” and other unrelated subjects. Then, after mentioning that “Many small businesses will not make it. Many people will get sick.” and “Well, hard times are coming back,” he says,
We are not helpless, in the face of hardship, the way some countries’ citizens are helpless. We have choices. We get to choose the people who lead our state and nation in these difficult times. …It is the perfect time for a crisis.
As far as the elections go, this assumes county election departments, under the secretary of state’s leadership, are prepared for the upcoming challenges facing the electorate, and election officials. I have faith in our county election administrators. In Corey, not so much.
Or as one Facebook comment read, “Oh yeah Corey!!! It’s the perfect time to have my small business go under….and a perfect time to get sick and die, too….YOU FULL ON ASS HAT.”
Stapleton’s malfeasance in office is astounding. Here are just a few of the gaffes we’ve written about at The Montana Post. Against the wishes of about every county elections administrator in the state, he opposed mail-in ballots for the 2017 congressional special election, costing Montana taxpayers $750,000. He cried “voter fraud!” when none existed. There’s the misuse of state resources and also a sweetheart deal for his buddy in Billings to reprint voter information pamphlets. The reprint cost Montanans $265,000 after Stapleton’s office screwed up on the initial printing.
There are another half-dozen or so instances of questionable Stapleton practices, from insulting Montana’s tribal members to completely dropping the ball when Republican operatives attempted to give the Green Party ballot status during the 2018 election cycle. If you’re sheltering in place and have lots of time on your hands, here are more Stapleton miscues.
I’m sure you’re also aware that Stapleton is a candidate in the Republican primary for Montana’s sole U.S. House seat.
There are many potential crises facing us, and pointing out Stapleton’s exhaustive list of shortcomings may not be at the top of your concerns. But the 2020 elections are of critical importance and his bizarre self-promotion, instead of assisting and reassuring voters and election officials, is unconscionable.
There’s one line in his missive that I agree with. “It’s a fascinating time to be quiet,” he writes. Unless you have some useful information to impart, Corey, I would recommend you practice some quiet time yourself.