Today George Ochenski weighed in with a Missoulian opinion piece.
There are some good points raised, such as:
"McLean decided to make her resignation announcement public last week while Governor Bullock was off on a junket in Texas. That was not a politically savvy move if, for no other reason, it gets tongues and blogs flapping about what the real story might be. In that regard, it has definitely achieved that unfortunate effect. The rumor mill is running rampant now, aided and abetted by the lack of plausible explanation from either McLean or Bullock on the real story behind the resignation.
You can still see it there, on the homepage, though it’ll likely be gone by tomorrow or the next day as old favorites and new ideas overtake it.
Until then, let’s talk.
After all, talk is the one thing that those most loyal to Bullock want to stifle. Whether it’s these rumors going around, or the idea that someone could do a better job as governor, talk must be stifled.
The most zealous Bullock supporters are the worst. To them, there is no reason why Bullock shouldn’t be the nominee.
And that’s fine. There’s no sense talking about taking out an incumbent, even if it is one that’s always out of state raising money, lost a 100-year Senate seat, or cold-shoulders his former #2 in charge.
Yeah, cold shoulder.
I can’t help but think of the poor girl whose boyfriend breaks up with her via text message.
That’s what this “dismissal” of Angela McLean makes me think of.
Of course, she wasn’t dismissed – she went willingly. She put in an application at the end of October and did an interview and got a new job.
- Why did she do that?
- Was it her choice to do that?
- Was there any pressure for her to find a new job?
Could pressure have come about because of legal improprieties by McLean’s father in law, improprieties which a lawyer like Bullock might find odious?
That’s a possibility and that seems to be the accepted version of events now, as far as I can tell.
McLean’s father in law, a lawyer in Anaconda, did some illegal stuff and now will be going to prison for 42 months. Clearly we can’t have that on the ticket.
It makes sense.
Maybe it makes too much sense.
Maybe it’s just people that are not happy with Bullock or the Montana Democratic Party making a fuss where there is none.
Let’s go back to Ochenski:
“So far neither Bullock nor McLean have offered the public or press a thorough and reasonable explanation for the sudden resignation. McLean says she did what she came to do and is moving on. Meanwhile, Bullock has been like a deer in the headlights, stunned by being totally blindsided and unprepared to offer realistic reasons for McLean’s departure.”
That’s not quite accurate. The Democratic Governor’s Association (DGA) put on an event at the game, one that cost donors $250,000 to attend.
It must be nice for him, huh, going around and raising all that money all the time? It’s probably a Cinderella-like feeling, living in a world of make-believe that you don’t really belong in.
Bullock belongs in Montana, seeing to the state’s needs. That includes rural areas that Democrats have written off.
Alas, Bullock doesn’t see it that way. He’d rather sally-forth with the rich, hoping some of their decadence rubs off on him. Maybe it'll even help with his plans in 2020. Oh boy!
Well, Bullock’s done with that DGA nonsense now, his 1-year term of captivity is up.
Now he can get to those rural areas of the state that he’s been neglecting and which we’re told in a Billings Gazette poll overwhelmingly belongs to Republicans.
Thankfully just 435 people were polled so Democrats can come up with all kinds of excuses as to why this poll isn’t accurate.
That’ll make Bullock feel good, and with a bunch of brown-nosing advisers around him, that’s the idea all the time.
Why put forth bad news that might rock the boat? Why suggest that the state isn’t as good as it could be?
Well, that makes their boy look bad. The ultimate task of Democrats, after all, is to get Bullock elected. The state’s well-being comes in second, if that.
Let’s go back to Ochenski one more time:
“The bottom line is that Bullock is now left with finding what will be his third lieutenant governor in three years – and presumably his running mate for his re-election bid. But before he can move on, Bullock must drop his prevarication and honestly and openly resolve the reasons for McLean’s resignation or it will likely dog him into his political future.”
MT Cowgirl tried to get away from that dogging at the end of last week by jumping on the speculation train as to who would be a good Lt. Gov pick.
Well, it didn’t go so well. Hardly anyone put any names forth...besides the idea of Tracy Stone-Manning.
While I can’t tell if you’re shaking your head as much as I on that, the truth is that most are beginning to wonder…when will we get a Lt. Gov?
Who knows? Currently Bullock is fine with staying out of state most of the time. I mean, just yesterday he was at some high-end, box-seating football game on the East Coast.
Yeah, he hasn’t been in Montana as far as I can tell since the end of last weekend, about 8 or 9 days ago.
He skipped town instead of facing the music.
So it really should come as no surprise that we here at Big Sky Words and other sites jump on the Montana speculation train.
I guess MT Cowgirl was surprised – they attacked the shit out of me over there.
One thing I found rather surprising was how they got all anti-anti-Semitic on me.
I mean, why link to an article I wrote 6 months ago, one I have in my 5th book of Montana history, and which I list as the 4th or 5th most popular article on my site…which I’ve done for months?
Clearly, I’m fine with that content.
Still, MT Cowgirl now equates me with some GOPer that needs to have screenshots of their words taken in case that person tries to delete them.
My, how childish.
I don’t think anyone cares about my article or any perceived anti-Jew sentiments in it. I actually spent the whole weekend sharing that article all over social media.
Alas, all that sharing on the post just couldn’t beat out my article on Bullock’s affair.
Now, let’s get a few things straight here:
- The Sex in Montana politics article could be popular because of the 1870s prostitution angle;
- It could be popular because a shit-ton of people were thinking, ‘when will John Morrison make his comeback?’;
- It could have been popular because of my stellar writing skills and ability to hold attention.
The truth, however, is that it was popular because of the rumors I brought up about Bullock sleeping with one of his cabinet members.
Wow, people love that shit!
And that’s why Montana Cowgirl attacked me.
Oh, you could argue that it was my post Dissecting MT Cowgirl’s BS This Evening, but I’d put out posts like that before.
What made that one so damaging that MT Cowgirl had to attack me, using anti-Semitic sentiments?
- First I’d say that MT Cowgirl’s closeness to John Hutson and his Jewish crusaders for justice is one angle. How that helps Montana is beyond me.
- Next, MT Cowgirl could be Jewish. Perhaps I angered them with my June 6 post about some foreign bankers being Jewish. Clearly, attacking me 6 months later is the answer.
- Finally, it could be that MT Cowgirl is losing credibility while I gain it.
Those are all fine ideas, but I think they pale in comparison to what is likely the real reason MT Cowgirl attacked me:
I spoke about Bullock’s affair.
Let’s say the Bullock affair rumors are true.
There are two choices: admit it or deny it.
Clearly, the affair will be denied. This is 100% cover-up mode and 100% denial mode.
Even better than denial is not having to talk about it at all.
There’s really no way to prove if the affair happened or not unless someone talks. I doubt anyone will talk.
What benefit is there for them…whoever ‘them’ is?
So it’s deniability all the way and I doubt any GOPers will bring this up.
Should Democrats bring it up? Well, probably not – Bullock and his cronies and his attack site will try to latch onto your balls and bite ‘em off.
Why is MT Cowgirl attacking me?
Something is there, folks, something is there. Keep digging, keep looking and keep asking questions.
There’s a huge story here, one that involves the head of the Democratic Governor’s Association possibly having an affair (er, former head).
Wow, talk about a royal fuckup, huh?
We get a lot of those from Steve Bullock.