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Montana Politics

Rick Hill and Tim Fox Have the Poultry Vote Sewn Up

While many of the elections in Montana are certainly going to come down to the wire and predictions are notoriously difficult, I feel confident that Montana Republicans have sewn up the poultry vote. At least the chickens.

At the top of the Republican ticket, you have Rick “Chicken Little” Hill, who is convincedSky that the sky is falling in Montana. His entire campaign has been spent talking about how bad things are in Montana, no matter what the evidence says. He’s claimed that our teachers are the second worse in the nation (false), that our ACT scores are low (false), that our business climate is bad (false), that our tax policy hurts business (false), that our state budget is in trouble (false), and that Montana’s future is worse than her past (completely false). Perhaps Mr. Hill still thinks he is living in California when he makes those remarks, but most Montanans know that, while we can always work to improve our economy and our education, the future looks bright.

Fear is no way to run a state like Montana, which founded on optimism and the belief that people working together can achieve great things.

Ironically, a Mr. Fox is the second-tier chicken on the Republican team. He’s just afraid tochicken_color face voters and the media. As Kevin Hamm noted this morning, Tim Fox won’t face most of the media because he’s afraid of being attacked and worried about giving “ammunition to his opponents.” He simply won’t tell voters why they should vote for him other than babbling about “Obamacare” in ads paid for by his corporate contributors.

It’s not just the media that Mr. Fox is afraid of. It seems apparent that he’s afraid of Ms. Bucy as well. He won’t debate her unless the location is far from the eyes and ears of most Montana voters—and he won’t even show up at candidate forums to discuss the issues the AG’s office will be confronted with. By my count, he’s been a no-show at least six times, including:

  • The Montana County Attorney’s Association
  • The Helena Bar Association
  • The Gallatin Bar Association
  • The UM Law School
  • The Montana Nurse’s Association
  • The Montana Association of Female Executives/ZONTA Forum in Billings

I’m not sure that our next Attorney General should be someone who can’t face an audience of law school students and his opponent for office at a candidate forum. That might make the Supreme Court a bit overwhelming.

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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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