This is the tiring thing that politics has become.
Yesterday, we learn that John Walsh was cited in 2010 with an incredibly minor infraction while he was Commander of the Montana National Guard. He used his government email account to do work related to his membership in the National Guard Association of the United States. This is a national non-profit composed of Guard members, which lobbies on their behalf and on behalf of the National Guard generally. This, an audit committee found, amounts to “using government resource for private gain.” How this amounts to “private gain” when the Association does work on behalf of the Montana Guard does not make sense to me. Anyway, Walsh was not punished or penalized because it was a minor incident.
But now we can look forward to sixteen million dollars of TV ads by the GOP in the upcoming Senate race, accusing Walsh of “private gain” and making it sounds like Walsh was running some sort of moneymaking operation or siphoning off funds to his personal bank account.
Reading between the lines, it can be seen that a political enemy of Walsh’s, likely a right-wing Republican member of the guard, filed a complaint against him, which the Army was required to investigate. A guardsman who got an email from Walsh, asking that the subordinate join the national association of guard members, complained that he “felt threatened” by the email. One would think that a guard member would have a tougher skin.