The Billings Gazette has endorsed Linda McCulloch for Secretary of State this week. The endorsement isn’t suprising. McCulloch has done a great job in the office.
What is suprising is that Brad Johnson is still trying to defend his sullied record.
Johnson looted the SOS office by handing out giant bonuses to his political staff on his last day in office (also his first day in rehab for alcoholism), which is against the law. Johnson appeared in the same Gazette story admitting that he accepted the finding that the bonuses were illegal “at face value.”
The Gazette writes:
But when McCulloch took office, she found that Johnson had promised about $58,000 in bonuses to nine of his appointed staff members who no longer worked for the office — bonuses that he directed to be paid after McCulloch took office. The bonuses were not paid after a state attorney advised her that payment would be illegal.
Johnson said in a recent interview that he did nothing wrong.