Here are the answers to the questions that the GOP is asking right now about the process for the senate appointment.
They are very easy.
First, the answer is yes, the process is very transparent. The governor is going to select from the group of people who are running for the Senate seat. If someone hasn’t already made the decision to campaign for it, then that’s probably not a person who should be appointed. A person must want to serve badly enough to make the long slog, shake hands, talk to the voters, and make the case.
Thus there are four names for the governor to consider.
First is Steve Daines. Mr. Daines voted to shut down the U.S. Government last autumn, which meant that our national parks got shut down as well as well as all federal offices in Montana. This cost the Montana economy tens of millions of dollars in productivity, at a time when the nation is still experiencing a recession. Our economy, especially in places like Bozeman and Whitefish, depends partly on tourism and it is a critical piece. We can’t have a Senator that is playing childish games like that, playing chicken with our economy.
Nor do we need a person who made $24 million selling out his shares in a company that is now trying to outsource most of the jobs to foreign workers. So unfortunately Mr. Daines is eliminated.
Next is John Bohlinger. He is a man admired and respected all around, and would make an excellent Senator. But Mr. Bohlinger only raised $10,000 in four months of campaigning, so this must be taken a sign that citizens don’t view him as the right person for the job at this time.
Third is Dirk Adams. He is a good man with some interesting ideas (seriously check out his issues page) but he comes from a sector of the American economy that has more access to Congress than all the other industries combined: Wall Street. So while Mr. Adams’s achievements in investment banking should be admired and respected, and while he can definitely contribute to the dialogue going forward, he’s probably not the right person to be our senator at this time.
Finally, we have John Walsh. John is a war hero and forest fighting hero. Of the three candidates, he’s the only one who spent most of his career making money with his hands and feet, physically exerting himself to exhaustion to bring home a paycheck. And he risked his life to do it. He’s also the only one who has been a leader of a large organization, not only the National Guard but his battalion in Iraq. And he’s done an excellent job as lieutenant governor.
So that’s the process that the GOP is so curious about.