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Jesse Laslovich for Attorney General

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I’m supporting Jesse Laslovich for Attorney General on Tuesday and hope you will do the same.

His work at the Attorney General and as Special Assistant Attorney General demonstrates a commitment to working for Montanans.

Mr. Laslovich certainly has the experience to be our next Attorney General. He has been an Assistant Attorney General working on criminal cases, prosecuted securities fraud, and a Special Assistant US Attorney General prosecuting corporate crime and fraud.

He recognizes the importance of unifying the labor and environmental movements in Montana, not playing them against each other.

One of the most appealing elements of Jesse Laslovich’s platform is his recognition that Democratic stakeholders need to work together, not only to win elections in Montana, but to improve the living conditions of people who live in the state. I do believe in a clean, healthy environment and I do believe that we need to protect the labor unions who have given so much to ensure decent treatment of workers. Mr. Laslovich gets it: while some see the conflicts between labor and environmentalists as insurmountable, he recognizes that these groups have deep common interests.

His demonstrated record at the Montana Legislature makes him the strongest candidate.

Laslovich’s experience in the Legislature will be critically important as Attorney General. Even Ms. Bucy has often acknowledged the important role played by the AG’s office when it comes to working on and advocating for legislation.  A public record matters.

And his record at the Montana Legislature is an impressive one. He was not only selected as the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, but he led the way on legislation to protect against sexual predators and worked to reduce the impact of deregulation. He’s the kind of legislator who scored an 86% voting record with the Montana Conservation Voters and a 96% with the AFL-CIO, demonstrating a commitment to workers and the environment.

We know where Mr. Laslovich stands because he has three terms in the Montana Legislature which demonstrate a commitment to protect the powerless and check the power of those who would exploit the state’s resources and people. When she endorsed him, Senator Mary Caferro called Laslovich a “fierce advocate…for issues that matter to women,” acknowledging his work to restore funding to services for low income women and children.

We can be sure that Mr. Laslovich will keep all of those priorities in mind in the Attorney General’s office.

He’s more likely to defeat Tim Fox.

Tim Fox, the likely Republican candidate, would definitely prefer not to face Laslovich. My Republican friends have made this clear. Anyone who believes that this won’t be a very difficult race is fooling himself. Fox will be well-funded by corporate interests and will run an incredibly dirty campaign, if history is any guide. From my vantage point, Jesse Laslovich will be much more effective at courting the critical independent voters who will decide this race.

His campaign has been honorable, honest, and fair.

If all else were equal in this race, I’d vote for Laslovich because of the behavior of the Bucy campaign, which has been surprisingly petty and negative. I’m uncomfortable with its campaign finance reporting, its behavior online, and the way it has dealt with Democratic-allied groups. I’ve personally experienced the personally destructive tactics of the Bucy campaign, tactics that were both surprising and profoundly disappointing.

In contrast, Mr. Laslovich has run a positive campaign, focused on his experience and vision for the Attorney General’s office. That matters.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

9 Comments

  • “If all else were equal in this race, I’d vote for Laslovich because of the behavior of the Bucy campaign, which has been surprisingly petty and negative.”
    My thoughts exactly, I have been very disappointed in the Bucy campaign. Does anybody know how I can find out if any NARAL board members recused themselves from voting when it came to giving Pam an endorsement. It seems only fair since one of the board members is paid to run the Bucy campaign.

  • I only know Pam Bucy personally from living across the street from her and Mark for 6 years, and some time working with her at DLI. And I know her record which is well publicized. I think you are missing the point when it comes to the support she has, and if it is sometimes over zealous, you need to understand it is so high time we have more women in elected office. I’m sure Mr. Laslovich is a commendable candidate, but I for one am sick of having my government dominated by men. People like Pam, Denise Juneau, Monica Lindeen and all the other exceptional women in elected office in Montana will only change things for the better. After all, we are over 50% of the electorate! And remember Jeanette Rankin? Now there’s a role model!

    • It saddens me when people vote simply b/c of gender. If that’s the only reason you’re voting for Pam, please reconsider.
      Jesse is the stronger candidate for the general election and really our only hope of beating Tim Fox.

    • Let me add to what Draftmama said… If you are voting for Bucy only because she is a woman, you are no different than the people who are voting against Obama because of skin color. Decisions on who represents you in government should be made on the basis of issues, experience, and personal observation, not skin color or gender. Ask yourself a simple question – “would you still vote for Bucy over Laslovich if Bucy was a man?”

  • You completely miss my point. Bucy’s record on protecting womens’ rights is what is generating so much support from women. Unless you are a woman you have not experience discrimination from the health insurance industry, employers and law enforcement when facing domestic violence.

    Given two accomplished and qualified candidates, I’ll bet that the majority of women in Montana will vote for Bucy precisely because of her record.

    • Jesse voted to end gender discrimination in our healthcare system when he was in the legislature. He also voted for every non-discrimination bill that came up for a vote.

    • Are you honestly trying to say that only women are discriminated by the Health Care Industry, Employers, and Law enforcement? If you are, you just proved how one sided and ignorant you really are. The elderly are far more discriminated against than women in all three areas. Moreover, men are often discriminated against in many circumstances. This is the thing you (and presumably Bucy) don’t get. Yes, women’s rights need to be protected, but so do the rights of men, children and the elderly. Further, I have not seen a shread of proof that Jesse Laslovich would not protect the rights of anyone – men, women, children or the elderly. The repeated attempts to make this race a “one issue” race not only makes no sense, it calls into question Bucy’s commitment to any issue that isn’t a “women’s right” as defined by her and her followers. You are not convincing me to support Bucy – in fact, you doing quite the opposite.

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