Montana Politics

Swandal Campaign Cries About an Endorsement

Today’s story, about the Montana Chamber of Commerce endorsing both Beth Baker and Nels Swandal, seems to have a headline that is somewhat content-deficient and doesn’t really capture the story. It reads “State Chamber of Commerce endorses both Supreme Court candidates, gets grief for it.”

Ignoring the fact that the endorsements (and reaction) are a week old, the headline doesn’t really say what happened: the Chamber endorsed both candidates and Swandal is crying about it.

This campaign has certainly demonstrated that Judge Swandal lacks both the temperament and impartiality necessary to sit on the Supreme Court, and this latest fit demonstrates that his judgment is, at the least, suspect. As the president of the Montana Chamber of Commerce told the IR, it’s an unconventional strategy to attack an organize that gave you its endorsement.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-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.

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