Being Montana’s Secretary of is a big job. Unfortunately, our Secretary of State Corey Stapleton has turned it into a joke in short order.
We’ve chronicled some of Corey’s little mistakes here.
The Montana Post has done a great job chronicling Stapleton’s teansy, little accounting errors and misuse of taxpayer money.
But this week Stapleton might have bit off more than he can chew. His miniature acts of defiance to the norms of being an elected offical have become a big problem.
This week, Stapleton sent out an e-mail, from his official SoS office, blasting the media. This wasn’t a campaign e-mail. This wasn’t a fundraising pitch. This wasn’t a drunken message board post on Breitbart under the alias TooTall4UCorey. It was a taxpayer funded attack on the media.
This e-mail went out to every business that registered with the Secretary of State. If your business wants to be able to file taxes, you’re going to be registered with the Secretary of State. Not really the audience for a poorly written attack on the media.
Montana’s media took it personally. The Missoulian editorial board pushed around Stapleton.
“It’s hard to know where to begin to respond to such a diatribe. What on earth motivated Montana’s secretary of state to write this? More importantly, why did he think disseminating this message was a good use of public resources. Let’s start by acknowledging what should be obvious: Stapleton has no idea what he’s talking about.”
The message from the Montana media to Stapleton: pick on someone your own size.
Like any middle schooler who has done something bad, Stapleton has started his ad hominem attacks on the source. We are left to wonder what has Stapleton done to warrant a pre-emptive strike on the media? If you have any idea–our tip-line is always open. Knowing Stapleton it’s something way bigger than him.