In 1896, William McKinley won election as President of the United States without campaigning while his puppet master Mark Hanna raised millions of dollars from corporate donors and millionaires. McKinley stayed on his front porch, unwilling to speak to the press or even advocate for specific positions he would take in office. He won election handily before serving his corporate bosses well as President.
It seems Tim Fox is using the McKinley handbook in his race for Attorney General—and it might succeed. While he has been backed with hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars from industries like pharmaceuticals, tobacco, and insurance, Fox has refused to face Montana voters. As I noted last month, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to figure out why these companies would invest so heavily in Fox: the combination of inexperience, poor judgment, and weak ethics make him the perfect candidate for corporate interests.
Professor Greg Munro explains quite well why these corporations are backing Mr. Fox. He’d do their bidding:
The people making this “investment” are engaging in what Monty Python would call a “wink wink nudge nudge” about Fox’s loyalties and independence should they succeed in hiring him as our attorney. If this works for the corporations, Montanans will truly have a Fox guarding the henhouse.
While taking this cash to pay for dishonest advertisements about his record, Fox has studiously avoided any opportunity for the media or public to ask him about his experience for the Attorney General’s office or the positions he will take once in office. He’s ducked almost every candidate forum, refused to debate, and even hid from a joint interview on local news here in Helena. He’s even benefited from his corporate backers breaking Montana election law to the tune of nearly $600,000.
Somehow, we’re meant to believe that an Attorney General who lacks the courage and intellect to face the media will have the intellectual chops to represent Montana in front the the Supreme Court?
If Tim Fox wins election as Montana’s Attorney General next week, it will represent a profound failure by the media to expose a candidate who was simply too afraid to face voters, the press, and Montana citizens as he ran for office. Every newspaper in the state should have run an editorial condemning Mr. Fox’s unwillingness to discuss issues or even make his case for the job. Our local newspaper even gave him a free pass when he refused to meet with the editorial board in town he lives and works in.
Back in the primary season, Fox said one true thing, telling KMPT Radio:
“It’s certainly not a place to be trying to do a little on the job training.”
He’s absolutely right. Fox has none of the experience necessary to be our Attorney General. He’s never prosecuted a case, never had an important leadership role in a state
agency, and never even answered basic questions for the press or public. He lacks the experience necessary for the position, and understanding of what the Attorney General does, and the temperament to lead such a critical department.
We don’t need a candidate who owes his position to corporate masters who’ve campaigned for him. We don’t need an Attorney General who doesn’t understand the position. We don’t need Tim Fox.
Vote for Pam Bucy, the experienced candidate who is willing to face the public, talk to the press, and do the job well.