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Russ Fagg consistently demonstrates a record of poor judgment. Montana deserves better in the Senate.

Fagg championed the voter initiative known as Marsy’s Law, even though he admitted that parts of the law were probably unconstitutional. (“Ask the Judge: My advice to Montana voters,” The Billings Gazette, Oct. 7, 2016). Why would a sitting judge advocate for the adoption of a constitutional amendment that he knows is unconstitutional? Fagg demonstrated poor judgment. Marsy’s Law was held to be unconstitutional. Why did “conservative” Fagg support an initiative that would have required state and local governments to hire additional employees at significant taxpayer expense?

Fagg began running for the Senate while he was a sitting District Court judge. He formed an exploratory committee to solicit money for his campaign. Fagg boasts that he did nothing unethical. Fagg misses the point. Montana citizens want and deserve an impartial judiciary. Our judges need to be above partisan politics. When Fagg began campaigning for the Senate as a sitting judge, he lost the cloak of impartiality. Fagg’s campaign put lawyers and litigants in an uncomfortable position. Fagg demonstrated poor judgment.

When Trump attacked law enforcement and our judiciary, why didn’t Fagg come to their defense? When Trump called our judges biased and the American criminal system a “laughing-stock,” why was Fagg silent? Fagg showed poor judgment. Fagg should have spoken up for the men and women who protect our country and he should have spoken up for the independence of our judicial branch.

Doug James

Billings

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