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Graybill, Knudsen duel in AG debate

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Graybill, Knudsen duel in AG debate

Attorney general hopefuls Raph Graybill , left, a Democrat, and Republican Austin Knudsen hail from two different parts of the state, have starkly contrasting resumes and tout often contradictory visions for the office they seek. THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record Candidates for Montana’s next Attorney General dueled over qualifications for the office and whose agenda would be best carried out in a debate televised Sunday on MTN.

Republican Austin Knudsen and Democrat Raph Graybill, both seeking to replace the termed-out Republican Attorney General Tim Fox, traded barbs throughout the debate moderated by MTN chief political reporter Mike Dennison. Knudsen was relentless in highlighting Graybill’s limited experience while Graybill painted Knudsen as “dangerous” and an “extremist.”

Graybill has been Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s chief legal counsel since 2017, and was admitted to practice law in Montana in 2015. His vision for the attorney general’s office is one of a watchdog advocate against prescription drug companies and “dark money.” Knudsen, elected as Roosevelt County Attorney in 2018, previously served two terms as Speaker of the House in the Montana Legislature. He sees the office’s chief concern to be drugs and violent crime.

“I’m a prosecutor right now,” Knudsen said. “Prosecuting criminals is what I do […]

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