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.