I don’t just throw around endorsements for candidates to elected offices. I have to trust the candidate, work with them on issues, and know they are truly a progressive who will always fight for the people of our state. I want to tell you why, as a progressive, I’m excited for Raph’s campaign to be our next Attorney General.
Raph Graybill won’t just be another Democrat in office. He’ll be a transformational Attorney General—a national leader in our movement to reclaim America’s legal system from the wealthy, extremist forces that have hijacked our democracy.
For 30 years, activist judges and extremist legislators across America have used our own laws and courts to chip away at rights that we progressives fought hard to earn. And now they’ve set their sights on the most basic protections, like a woman’s individual right to bodily autonomy, the right for unions to exist, or the basic right to keep yourself healthy at work during a pandemic.
Our next Attorney General needs to serve as our progressive counterbalance, a real fighter, who will defend and expand the rights of working folks through the legal system. Our next Attorney General needs to be Raph Graybill.
Raph is the only candidate with the experience of going to court for Montanans, standing up to powerful industries and institutions, and winning.
When our current Attorney General Tim Fox refused to defend our public schools and constitution from attacks at the U.S. Supreme Court, Raph fought for us.
When our Attorney General wouldn’t stand up for the rights of workers to organize their labor and have a fair playing field with powerful employers, Raph fought for us.
When the Attorney General wouldn’t stand up to Trump and big telecom companies trying to end net neutrality and privacy protections, Raph fought for us.
When the Attorney General wouldn’t stand up to big tobacco selling a new generation of addictive products to our kids, Raph fought for us.
When the Attorney General wouldn’t stand up to members of his own party and protect Montana’s legacy of public access, Raph fought for us.
And when the Attorney General wouldn’t take on the Trump Administration when it tried to put more dark money into our elections, Raph fought for us and beat Trump.
No one else in this race has beaten Trump in court. Raph stood up for Montanans in the highest courts and won progressive victories for all of us. That’s the kind of work an Attorney General does and that’s exactly what we need our next Attorney General to do.
And when it comes to standing up to conservative overreach in Montana, in the last year alone Raph has taken half of the Republican Land Board members to court—Secretary Stapleton and Attorney General Fox—and defeated them.
The Republicans running for Attorney General have radical designs for the office. They will use this office as conservative activists, further eroding the rights and equality of workers in Montana. They’ve already promised to pursue a dangerous and unconstitutional agenda to take away a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and to give more power over our health care to private insurance companies.
Raph is the candidate who’s shown he can take on these fights on day one and win. He’s the truly progressive candidate, and I’m not just voting for him—I’m genuinely excited about his candidacy and political future.
I know Raph will stand up for the constitutional promise of equality in our state. I know Raph Graybill will stand up for workers. I know Raph will stand up against privatizers and profiteers. And I know Raph will stand up against the corporate power in our politics and their dark money groups. Raph is the only candidate, Republican or Democrat, who pledged not to accept corporate PAC contributions. Money and power corrupt—Raph Graybill understands this as a progressive—and I trust him to represent the people of Montana and no one else.
I know he will stand up for our values, because he’s the only candidate that has gone to court and actually fought the big fights for us.
It’s no longer enough just to have a Democrat sitting in office. With everything on the line in 2020, we need progressive, transformational leaders. We need a change in direction, someone with a progressive vision, for what the Attorney General can be.
I want a fighter in my corner and Raph Graybill is that progressive fighter.
Vote for Raph Graybill for Attorney General in the Democratic Primary. The future of our movement depends on it.