Fox aims to be first Republican Montana AG in 20 years
As Montana Republicans gathered here Thursday to kick off their state convention, they heard first from the man trying to become the first Republican state attorney general in two decades: Tim Fox.
“For the first time in 20 years, you’re going to have an advocate in that office to get things done for Montana,” he told the 200-plus, standing-room-only crowd at the convention’s opening reception at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula.
Fox, 54, an attorney from Helena who ran for attorney general and lost four years ago, is squaring off this fall against Democrat Pam Bucy, a 43-year-old state lawyer and former chief deputy attorney general.
In an interview in his hotel room earlier Thursday, Fox laid out why Montanans should elect a Republican as the state’s top law enforcement official.
Fox said not only is he the most qualified candidate, but also that he will be a strong voice on the state Land Board for developing Montana’s natural resources, such as coal, oil and gas.
“We need to have an attorney general who knows how to use the office to promote jobs and the economy here in Montana,” he said. “You can’t take a position … or side with those who really want to lock up parts of Montana and prohibit us from creating jobs.”
He cited that stance as a “clear contrast” with Bucy, noting she was endorsed during the Democratic primary election by the Montana Conservation Voters, a group Fox equated with environmentalists who often stand in the way of natural resource development.