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Hillary Clinton characterized some Trump supporters as “deplorables.” Well, in my view Montana now has its own deplorables, Linda McCulloch, the current Secretary of State, and the Montana Standard, part of the Lee Newspapers chain.

Friday morning’s Standard ran front page, with a large-type heading and a picture of McCulloch, a story by Hollly Michels and Jayme Fraser regarding the voting activities of the two candidates for McCulloch’s office. I find it deplorable that McCulloch, as Secretary of State, would use her office to collude with the leading Newspaper chain in Montana to denigrate the Republican candidate, Corey Stapleton, which obviously is the purpose of this story.

When did the voting record of a candidate become an issue for a candidate for the office of Secretary of State? Shouldn’t these voting records remain private, not to be reported by every other Lee newspaper in Montana, as they surely will? As Secretary of State, isn’t one of McCulloch’s responsibilities to insure we have honest and fair elections?

Doesn’t McCulloch have a sense of right and wrong? Montana has entrusted McCulloch to run her office honestly and with integrity. Can we trust her to do that now that she as stooped to the standard democrat tactic of denigrating and demeaning their opponents, the Republicans? I think McCulloch, Michels and Fraser, and the Standard owe Mr. Stapleton an apology. This goes beyond deplorable, in my view.

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-- E.A. Johnson, Butte

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