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Bohlinger's rant against Bullock shows fuzzy thinking

2014-03-30T00:00:00Z 2014-03-31T09:33:06Z Bohlinger's rant against Bullock shows fuzzy thinking The Billings Gazette
March 30, 2014 12:00 am

John Bohlinger has given us yet another reason not to support him in his bid for the U.S. Senate, and that is his fuzzy headed thinking. It is indeed fuzzy headed to say that we have lost the right to choose our senator. I can't help but wonder if Gov. Bullock had appointed him, he would feel that our right to vote had been taken away. The original Constitution provided that U.S. senators were selected by our state Senate. In some cases, those seats were "bought." Talk about taking away our right to vote for senators.

John Walsh has not yet been elected and may not be elected. If Bohlinger were as interested in keeping a Democrat in the Senate as he is in being that Democrat, he would not be whining. He would be campaigning on substantive issues. I don't know where Bohlinger gets the idea that Walsh's appointment "is a blatant attack on the very foundation of our freedom — the democratic right to choose who shall represent us in our republic." Perfectly ridiculous.

If you think Bohlinger is the best candidate, by all means vote for him. However, don't be hoodwinked into thinking Walsh's appointment has deprived you of that option.

I encourage voters to pay attention to what the candidates say, their ability to think clearly, their position on important issues, and then make an informed decision. Bullock had every right to appoint whoever he wanted and apparently did so. He even suggested that Sen. Reid "butt out" when he asked for Walsh's appointment. Bullock certainly didn't take away our right to vote for a senator.

Jean Bowman

Missoula

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