From an email making the rounds today....
Montana's junior senator is once again doing all he can to improve relations with our neighbors to the north.
The Canadian Press is reporting that Senator Burns said Tuesday he "misspoke" when he claimed terrorists involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks entered the United States from Canada. Ambassador Frank McKenna demanded a retraction from Burns on Monday after the senator said: "We've got to remember that the people who first hit us in 9-11 entered this country through Canada." [Canadian Press, 12/20/05]
You may remember in 1999 when a frustrated Burns told the Great Falls Tribune that he was ready to order air strikes against a group of Canadian protesters.
Did you catch this little ditty in the Washington Post?
Apparently, while doing some holiday shopping in DC, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow’s press flak snatched up a handwritten note to reporters that read: "Ask him how it feels to be part of an administration that squandered a record surplus -- "
The Post reporters went on to say: “Before we could finish reading, public affairs officer Jim Anderson swooped down and snatched it away.”
Snow napkin for you - two days.
It appears as though Sen. Conrad Burns is going to do the right thing and return the tainted cash he took from indicted lobbyist and friends Jack Abramoff -- even though just a few days ago his people told reporters a lame line about the money being spent already. Props to everyone who signed the MDP petition.
More fun with Montana's junior U.S. Senator...
The Montana Democratic Party has launched a petition drive to get Conrad Burns to give back the more than $100,000 he took from indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and friends. Go here to sign the petition.
Also, National Journal’s Hotline – the political report for politicos – today mentioned the speculation swirling around Conrad Burns’ future plans.
The Hotline - 12/15/2005
MT Sen: What If?
Some MT and national Dems have a theory about why Sen. Conrad Burns (R) won't return the $67K donated to him by Jack Abramoff and associates.more
Does anyone smell the smoke in Bozeman? Looks like Will Brooke's ass is engulfed in an inferno. If a politically savvy former Senate Chief of Staff (who also happens to be a lawyer) feels he needs an attorney you can guarantee things are going to get a lot worse for Conman Burns and company before they get better. Read the story here.
Okay, so that’s not a shocker. But what is highly odd is their rationale: the money has been spent. Say what?
At last read, Burns had more than $3 million in the bank. That would leave the world to believe Burns seperates his money into little piles -"and this is Abramoff money, and this is..." Interesting that Burns used the same line in 2002, as the Senate's third-highest recipient of Enron cash. Something aint right in Denmark.
In what can only be described as a positive development for Monica Lindeen, the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the DCCC, recently told a columnist for the Seattle Post Intelligencer that Lindeen has “exactly the right profile.”
Check out the lastest controversy brewing around Northern Broadcasting's right-wing chearleader, David Berg.
Who's Hot, Who's Not
Hot: Jim Farrell -- Not Hot: Will Brooke
Hot: Sarah Elliot --Not Hot: James “Duh” Pendleton
Hot: Brian Schweitzer -- Not Hot: Roy Brown
Hot: Morrison, Tester -- So Not Hot: Conrad Burns
Hot: Gwen Florio -- Not Hot: Walt Williams