Recently allegations have surfaced that Attorney General Steve Bullock has exploited members of the military for his own political gain. In his Lieutenant Governor Announcement Video Adjutant General John Walsh is seen shaking hands with uniformed military personnel
This photo taken 34 seconds into the video looks a lot like the situation described in a GOP press release
“At 8:00 am on the morning of Saturday, March 3, the soldiers of the state headquarters unit of the Montana National Guard assembled for drill. But instead of their normal routine, something unusual happened. The soldiers were told to stand by for an address from the Adjutant General. Brigadier General John Walsh then proceeded to walk down the ranks shaking everyone’s hand, while a uniformed photographer followed him recording the entire event. A basketball hoop was moved to ensure that the American Flag was visible in one of the pictures.”
Montana Watchdog quotes a Bullock spokesman as saying
“It’s completely untrue,” said Kevin O’Brien, spokesman for the Bullock campaign. He said the campaign hired a free-lance photographer for the event. He said the photographer was not a member of the National Guard nore were they in uniform.
But even if the photographer was not a member of the National Guard and the Camera was owned by someone other than the taxpayers. The idea that John Walsh exploited military personnel for a political photo-shoot is deplorable. Although we shouldn’t be surprised considering the Democratic Party has been violating campaigning laws and Bullock himself has been violating campaign laws since the beginning of his campaign.
The GOP has filed a freedom of information request with the Department of Military Affairs to find out whether Bullock did indeed exploit military resources for political gain, evidently the request has been received but there has been no answer as to when we will have a definitive answer. If recent trends of Democrats suspiciously getting away with ethics violations holds true chances are an answer won’t be forthcoming.
If Bullock is incapable of running a clean campaign, why would he be capable of running a state?