ICYMI: Editorial Boards Blast Bullock’s Handling of Lt. Gov.’s Departure; Call for Transparency

On December 10, 2015, Posted by , In News,Press Releases, By , , With No Comments

The Montana Editorial Boards yesterday blasted Governor Bullock’s secrecy over the reason behind his former Lt. Gov.’s sudden and unexpected resignation, and called on Bullock to show more transparency then when he selected– behind closed-doors and out of public view– John Walsh to the Senate in 2014. The Editorial Boards noted that Bullock would be wise to learn from his past mistake– shutting Montanans out of the selection process– and bring transparency when choosing his third Lt. Gov.

An IR View: Public deserves transparency in Lt. Gov. search

This is not the first time Bullock has had to look for a new lieutenant governor, as he has already had two people fill the office since he took over as governor in 2013. He has also had the responsibility of filling other prominent political offices, including the U.S. Senate seat Max Baucus left in 2014.

With John Walsh’s appointment to the U.S. Senate, Bullock declined multiple attempts by several media outlets to discuss the process he would undertake in looking for a replacement for Baucus.

By going through the appointment process behind closed doors, Bullock effectively shut the public out from what should have been an open process. What would be the harm in discussing qualifications that make a good appointee or opening up the search to all Montanans who felt they had the ability and desire to serve? Bullock has been widely criticized for putting a veil of secrecy over that hiring process, and we’re hoping he has learned from that experience.

We believe the public has a right to know the process Bullock is using in making this important decision, and he needs to be honest with us about what he’s looking for in a lieutenant governor and how he is vetting candidates.

GAZETTE OPINION: Montana’s next lieutenant governor should have a real job

The Montana lieutenant governor is elected for a term of four years, same as the governor. But the tenure of our state’s lieutenant governors has been much shorter since Steve Bullock became governor.

After the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education announced that it had hired Angela McLean, Bullock made the incredible statement that he didn’t know she was taking that new job. Either Bullock is out of touch or he doesn’t want to talk about why his second lieutenant governor jumped (or was pushed) from the ship of state.

Considering his three-year track record, Bullock would do well to vet his next candidate in public before making the final selection. If the glare of publicity and politics is more than the candidate wants to bear before being appointed, he or she may not last till the end of Bullock’s term a year from now.

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