This would be Lt. Governor John Walsh, Democrat, potential candidate for Senator – and possibly the person that would have been picked to temporarily replace the possibly-quitting Max Baucus, although that might be up in the air now. The very short version: Walsh was running for a leadership position in the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS), and used his position as a colonel in the Montana NG to coerce his subordinates to join the group and improperly use resources to benefit the NGAUS.
I know, I know: sounds like something that would get investigated, and it was:
The report lists three different “substantiated allegation(s) and conclusion(s)”:
* Walsh improperly endorsed a non-federal entity (NGAUS);
* Walsh improperly used his government position for private gain;
* Walsh improperly used government resources.
But said investigation took place in 2010. Amazing what you can get up to when you have the right people running the federal government, eh?
Continue reading Leaked report reveals @JohnWalsh ripped off Montana National Guard.
Pat Quinn is simply not very good at being a governor, is he?
Gov. Pat Quinn says he would consider using state resources to help combat Chicago street violence, but only if city officials want the assistance.
Speaking on this week’s mass shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, Quinn was asked whether there have been discussions about sending in the state police or Illinois National Guard to assist Chicago police.
Quinn did not specifically veto the idea of deploying Guard members in Chicago. A press aide later told CBS 2 the governor was speaking only about the possibility of using state police to help out.
Continue reading Pat Quinn (D) orbits around idea of deploying Illinois National Guard to Chicago.
Amusing Internet fact: once upon a time, many members of the Online Left was actually despondent that the Constitution forbid Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm from running for President (she isn’t a born citizen*). This would be before the breakdown of… well, show me a part of Michigan that hasn’t broken down by now. Latest example comes from the city of Flint (via theblogprof):
Shootings have become so widespread in the city that two former state representatives are talking about calling in the National Guard to help calm violence on Flint’s streets.
Former state representative Vera Rison said Tuesday that help is needed immediately, and during a meeting of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners today, Brenda Clack quizzed Sheriff Robert Pickell about the potential for getting help from guardsmen as well.
Continue reading Gov. Granholm (D, MI) called to call out the National Guard.