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Emails show effort to get GOP ally as ethics chief

HELENA — Even as Republicans sought the high ground in the ongoing battle over Montana's troubled political practices office, inadvertently released emails show GOP leaders maneuvering to fill the ethics chief post with an ally.

Former Commissioner Dave Gallik resigned last week amid a public dispute with his staff over his work time, and the hullaballoo has escalated as a legislative interim committee discusses the issue and lawmakers deal with a Friday deadline to find new applicants.

Montana Senate President Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, took the podium at the hearing to accuse Gov. Brian S...


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