Where’s Walsh-O?

posted at 5:31 pm on January 25, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

As we move fully into the mid-term election season, we’re still focusing on the Senate races fairly often since the GOP has a rare chance to pick up a number of seats and take back the majority. An unexpected opportunity may be in the offing out in Montana, as we’ve discussed before, since Senator Max Baucus is expected to shortly be departing for a new job as Ambassador to China. The DSCC seems to have settled on their own hand picked replacement in the person of Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh, and many are speculating that Governor Bullock will move quickly to put him in as interim Senator, giving him the advantage of incumbency in both the June primary and the general election.

Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he expects to move quickly to appoint an interim U.S. senator once Sen. Max Baucus is confirmed as ambassador to China and resigns his seat.

As he has for weeks, Bullock refused to answer hypothetical questions about the appointment until Baucus is confirmed and resigns his Senate seat.

However, for the first time publicly, Bullock expressed his desire to move swiftly to fill the Senate appointment once it’s vacant.

“I also recognize that we only have three members representing us in D.C., so it’s important that we have the voices and strong voices and voices there immediately, so I certainly wouldn’t want to protract it or drag it out,” he told reporters about the Senate appointment.

Bullock may be having second thoughts if he was really planning to appoint Walsh though, and the Democrats might have moved a bit quicker than they’d like. Since the news broke, observers have been noticing that there are more than a few odd things going on with the Lt. Governor, starting with the rather unusual launch of his Senate campaign.

Hilltop Public Solutions has been hired to run Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh’s campaign for U.S. Senate. This comes just weeks after Montana Democratic U.S. House candidate John Lewis announced that his campaign ship would have Hilltop at the helm.

Walsh announced his candidacy last Thursday via a YouTube video that is now the main feature on his campaign website. The news broke that Hilltop was running the campaign when Hilltop strangely stated that Walsh was not available to talk to reporters on the day he launched his campaign.

“Walsh, through his campaign consultant, refused to make himself available to reporters for an interview,” wrote Lee Newspapers state reporter Mike Dennison in the original version of a story announcing Walsh’s bid. “The consultant, Hilltop Public Solutions, would not explain why Walsh wouldn’t talk directly to the media.”

This had some locals wondering if Walsh even wants to be a Senator in the first place. Who announces a campaign for a US Senate seat and doesn’t take questions or give interviews at the launch? Well… maybe somebody who has some other concerns to address in the background. As John Fund reported, Walsh is facing ethics charges over some of his previous official dealings.

If Walsh is appointed it will be in spite of serious ethical charges lodged against him when he was head of the Montana National Guard. A 2010 U.S. Army inspector general’s report found that Walsh had improperly used his position for personal gain. It also said he had improperly used government resources and improperly used a non-federal entity.

But Walsh kept his job and was never disciplined because his boss at the time, then–Democratic governor Brian Schweitzer deep-sixed the inspector general’s findings.

There were more stories beyond the ethics complaints, including the allegation that Walsh had gone on his Facebook page and “liked” a picture of female breasts … “accidentally.” The account was later scrubbed and the “like” disappeared. Of course, the real scandal here isn’t that he liked the photo. (Who doesn’t like that?) But why scrub it? Take a position and stick with it, even if it involves full figured women.

The pressure may be getting to the prospective candidate and it seemed to come to a head during the Democrats’ Yellowstone Dinner candidate forum. The main problem with the event was that Walsh failed to show up, prompting the campaign manager for one of his primary opponents to take to Twitter about it.

So where’s Waldo er… I mean Walsh-O? You’d think someone preparing to enter the upper chamber and campaign for a full term there would be anxious to get out and press the flesh with the public. He’s got an appearance scheduled for this week, on January 29th, in Washington, DC. Will he show up? I’m guessing there will be some interested parties on hand to see.


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He’ll be fine. It’s not like he made a movie critical of Dear Liar.

rbj on January 25, 2014 at 5:40 PM

even especially if it involves full figured women.

Fixed

Lanceman on January 25, 2014 at 5:55 PM

If Walsh is appointed it will be in spite of serious ethical charges lodged against him when he was head of the Montana National Guard. A 2010 U.S. Army inspector general’s report found that Walsh had improperly used his position for personal gain. It also said he had improperly used government resources and improperly used a non-federal entity.

…he has the pre-requisite!

KOOLAID2 on January 25, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Where’s Waldo and Joe Montana.

Well-played, Jazz.

Christien on January 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

It will work out.

I seem to recall the shoe in candidate for Texas senate did the same thing.

Senator Dewhurst is doing just fine.

cozmo on January 25, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Senator Dewhurst is doing just fine.

cozmo on January 25, 2014 at 6:05 PM

You leave Senator Dewhurst alone!

:D

Lanceman on January 25, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Lanceman on January 25, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Man, I’m catchin’ it from all sides.

I don’t remember walking under a ladder…or kicking a cat…or…

cozmo on January 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM

cozmo on January 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM

You ‘caught’ it from a deranged, self-quoting nutball.

Now. I just gotta figure out a way to say good night 57 times without pissing Allah off…

Lanceman on January 25, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Lanceman on January 25, 2014 at 6:35 PM

It don’t work that way. AP is a sucker for comment bait. And the likes of lourdes brings in the traffic.

You ain’t borderline schitzo.

Seen it happen time and time again.

cozmo on January 25, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Seen it happen time and time again.

cozmo on January 25, 2014 at 6:38 PM

You’re right. Usually I speedscroll through her until it becomes apparent she’s left and no one’s answering anymore.

Lanceman on January 25, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Another ethically challenged Democrat. Who knew?

GarandFan on January 25, 2014 at 7:36 PM

No Democrat can be ethically challenged.
Those that have no ethics have no ethical problems.

Another Drew on January 25, 2014 at 7:42 PM

found that Walsh had improperly used his position for personal gain. It also said he had improperly used government resources and improperly used a non-federal entity.

Well he seems qualified to be the next Senate thug.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 25, 2014 at 9:04 PM

I admit I haven’t been paying attention, however, I am shocked
that Montana isn’t a republican stronghold.

Amjean on January 25, 2014 at 10:29 PM

I am shocked that Montana isn’t a republican stronghold.

Amjean on January 25, 2014 at 10:29 PM

I can’t quite figure it out myself. Been going on a while.

Jaibones on January 25, 2014 at 10:41 PM

To a Demorat there is no such thing as an ethical challenge. It is always their intent that matters and not the means nor the results. If Walsh misused funds/personnel he did not intend to do so but only to accomplish his altruistic mission. Therefore NO Demorat can have ethics problems and all is forgiven by the msm if such evidence later shows up.

inspectorudy on January 26, 2014 at 12:15 AM

When this situation first came up, the dems were torn. Should the gov send Walsh to DC because it would give him a leg up for the election, but would mean he’d lose out on campaigning in state and then lose the election. They were in a real quandary before deciding that being named senator would give him more name recognition. The next few who have floated a run are trying to sound centrist and moderate and supportive of smaller govt. Seems that is the D plan this year. If you don’t like liberal, we’ll give you some moderation.

Kissmygrits on January 26, 2014 at 8:41 AM

We’ve been infested from the Californian flight as well, we were a target of the dem’s propping up libertarian candidates in order to squeak by the R’s for Gov and Senate. It should never been that close but now that I see how many are on the dole, I see they want Santa to keep handing out the “gifts”.

Our new Gov and his appointed hack are working their Obama magic locally now.

http://missoulian.com/news/local/political-practices-commissioner-s-attack-on-dark-money-groups-questioned/article_41607392-8638-11e3-a192-0019bb2963f4.html

MontanaMmmm on January 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM