I just watched the Governess Kate Brown Show on her Wildfire Conflagration Declaration (although she wasn't smart enough to use that proper term) on KPTV Ch 12. She mumbled through her part of the presentation, then presented various agency heads to give spiels.
I watched the Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard, MAJ GEN Michael E. Stencel, with interest, since I am an Air Nasty Guard retiree and worked for the Adjutant Generals while I served in the Air Guard. Right off the bat, General Stencel goes political, profusely thanking (D) Senators Merkely and Wyden for getting the Oregon National Guard training money so expeditiously.
This caused me to issue a "HUH?", because other than their votes for the current NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), the Senators could have had NOTHING to do with getting that money out to Oregon in a timely fashion. That would have been the responsibility of the National Guard Bureau, and ultimately, Sec/Def Mattis, who works for TRUMP, last time I checked.
Next, this caused me to go to my study and get out the latest copy of the "Oregon Sentinel", the excellent quarterly put out for Guard folks (and whoever else cares to read it) by the Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Section. This issue is Vol. 16, No. 2, and it contains TWO articles on topic. The first, on Page 2, by General Stencel himself, is titled, "Oregon Guard uniquely suited for domestic response", in which he describes his job of leading the Guard, especially in readiness for exigiencies such as a bad fire season. He doesn't mention any Democrats in this article. The article is aimed at members and leaders of the Guard, is a very rah-rah article.
The second article, on Page 7, is titled, "Chinook helicopter unit prepares for homeland missions", and refers to the B Co, 1 BN, 168th Aviation Regiment, a CH-47D outfit operating out of Pendleton, Oregon. The article mentions that this helo unit is the first to be certified in "Bambi Bucket" water drops by the US Forest Service's Aviation branch flight-check section. This is where that NDAA money went first, the money that GEN Stencel gave credit for to Merk, our Jerk, and Wyden, New York's Third Senator, for getting these dollars to us.
Speaking of Oregon's two Senators, how did they vote on the 2018 NDAA, HJR 2810? According to this: they both voted "Nay", or no! The Bill passed the Senate 89-8, by the way.
So, GEN Stencel, do you think that maybe, just maybe, you might want to issue a clarification about your profuse thanks to the Senators who ACTUALLY voted to DENY Oregon the funding to train the National Guard for firefighting service?
If you fail to issue this clarification, General, we have no choice, sir, but to label you an Obama General, and if I know Sec/Def Mattis, Obama Generals are on his Do Not Retain list.