When Steve Bullock was pressured and unable to answer why he voted to take an immediate $86 million away from the Montana Education system, and billions over years, one specific comment stuck in my mind from a non-political friend- “The guy looks like a sly used car salesman.”
Unfortunately for Montana, he is acting like one too–and not in the positive way.
Steve Bullock really loves being a “public servant” and a sly used car salesman really wants you to get the “best bang for your buck” or so they say.
Bullocks record defending the Montana public is almost laughable, when the heavy majority of Montanans despised of business killing Obamacare and wanted Sly Stevie to join the other Attorney Generals around the country, he refused. According to Sly Stevie, he could not find anything unconstitutional with a government forcing a citizen to purchase a commodity. I wonder if he still feels that way after court decision holds that the Montana Public was correct in that it is unconstitutional.
That is far from all.
Next, Sly Stevie became the deciding factor to eliminate millions and possibly billions of dollars in state revenue to the Montana Education System with Otter Creek Coal. The acquired coal tracts had an appraised value of $10 million at the time. The estimated value in state income from the Otter Creek Coal tract’s leasing today is about $5 billion. The development of Otter Creek Coal, including the construction of the Tongue River Railroad, would create about 986 jobs upfront. With record levels of Montanans unemployed, Bullock did not care.
Sly Stevie is not worried about Montana’s car running, he was already elected, the car was sold to Montana, what does he care if it runs? Now all he is worried about is selling the next car to Montana in November 2012.
So Sly Stevie submitted a report that he intends to run for office, and wants to start putting money in the bank, but left the line asking which office he was running for blank. This just happens to be against the law.
Bullock’s response was that he is still determining if he is going to run for AG, the enforcer of the law, or Governor-the person providing oversight of the law, but in the meantime broke the law.
After his blatant law violation went untouched, the Montana Republican Party filed a complaint against Sly Stevie.
Montana Political Practices Commissioner David Gallik dismissed the complaint.
Oddly enough, it turns out that Mr. Gallik donated to Sly Stevie’s campaign. His excuse? That was in 2008 and it is now 2012′s election cycle. However, a public servant, one that serves the public, would ethically recuse their name from the decision regardless of cycle.
The bottom line: Steve Bullock is proving that he not only disregards Montana’s opinion, he also disregards the laws and the ethical principles that Montanans live by and hold each other accountable to.