In what has become a pattern of ethical lapses for the former Judge, Russ Fagg is again being criticized for his shady fundraising and campaign tactics.
The American Democracy Legal Fund filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee for errors and omissions in his financial disclosure.
If this sounds familiar it is because Fagg already has a rap sheet for unethical campaigning that is getting longer than the ones of some of the defendants who came before his court.
Fagg’s rap sheet, according to the complaint includes:
- Filing his report a month late
- Not reporting his income from the government job he had as a judge
- Not disclosing the boards he sits on
- Didn’t include his new law firm on his disclosure form
And Fagg failed to disclose he owns a private plane. What is it with GOP’ers and private planes these days? It used to be experience, integrity, and authenticity made a good candidate. Now it would seem the GOP’s questionnaire includes a “check yes or no for if you own your own plane.”
We could chalk this up to a man in over his head forgetting to check some boxes, but the pattern around the Fagg campaign shows a desire to skirt the rules, hope no one notices, and act in bad faith.
Heck, Fagg ran a shadow campaign for months so he could avoid ethics scrutiny. This unethical behavior would be disturbing but expected from a low-life candidate looking just to get rich running for office–but from a judge? Fagg knows better but is choosing the unethical path and that’s scary.
Hopefully his response to this ethical complaint will be a little more honest than the last one, which was to immediately lawyer up. I bet he knows the best lawyers from his years on the bench.
You can read the whole complaint HERE.
It will be interesting to see if Matt Rosendale, Troy Downing, Ron Murray, and Dr. Al Olszewski start taking shots at Fagg over his ethical lapses. Due to his botched campaign roll-out most of the other candidates don’t see him as a threat, but they might see his ethics as a liability for the party now.