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Montana Politics

A Reminder about the Montana GOP and the Commissioner of Political Practices


Given the Republican hand-wringing about the Commissioner of Political Practices nomination process, it’s worth remembering how they treated the process the last time they were involved. No, I’m not talking about the politically motivated decision not to confirm the very qualified Jennifer Hensley, but the candidates they offered when given the chance to choose a long-term replacement for Dennis Unsworth in late 2010.

Did they nominate, as Senate President Jim Peterson, “someone who is as nonpolitical as possible?”

No. They nominated perennial Republican candidate and job applicant Brad Johnson, less than a year after his arrest for a uniquely severe DUI, and Edwin Jonas, a New Jersey lawyer who had his license suspended for “engaging in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.”

Excellent work.

Over the next few days, you’re going to read more indignant self-righteousness from Montana Republicans, but it’s worth remembering that their unwillingness to treat the process (and office) seriously certainly didn’t offer any solutions.

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