During the heated primary for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General, there was an insinuation that Bucy was the environmentalists’ candidate. By towing a line, the Bucy campaign was able to garner the support of the Montana Conservation Voters and a significant portion of the environmentalist community. A clear strategy to win in June, not so clear of a strategy to win in November.
The campaign’s M.O. was as follows: paint Bucy as the environmentalist candidate and Laslovich as development candidate. A clear example of pandering were the frequent “Green Happy Hours” Bucy’s campaign would host around the state.
Smoke and mirrors. I’m sure many of the environmentalists (please note the use of “environmentalists” versus “conservationists”) that went to the polls on June 5th are now questioning their decision.
As was expected, Tim Fox immediately seized on MCV’s endorsement as a way to attack his Democratic opponent.
[Fox] cited that stance as a “clear contrast” with Bucy, noting she was endorsed during the Democratic primary election by the Montana Conservation Voters, a group Fox equated with environmentalists who often stand in the way of natural resource development.
Fox struck a similar chord in his speech to convention delegates Thursday evening:
“When the extremists want to shut down all of the natural resource development in Montana, you call me, and I’ll make a difference, and we’ll put that fire out,” he said, to great applause.
Bucy, contacted for a response, took issue with Fox’s suggestion that she is allied with environmental extremists, saying she favored the Land Board’s lease of state coal for development in southeastern Montana’s Otter Creek Valley.
The walk back has begun and, honestly, it’s probably necessary in order to win in November. Just look at the natural resource stances our popular Democratic Governor has taken over the years.
I doubt we’ll be seeing many more “Green Happy Hours” in the months to come.