Rebublican Women host Fagg and Downing

Carbon County Republican Women met for lunch Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Fort Rockvale Restaurant. The meeting opened with a prayer offered by Russell Fagg. The Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble to the U.S. Constitution were led by President Cynthia Marble, who gave a special “Thank you,” to all veterans. For an inspirational reading, President Marble read from “Loving My LGBT Neighbor.” by Glenn Stanton, featured expert at the October Big Sky Worldview Forum in Billings.
President Marble introduced special guests Troy Downing and Russell Fagg, candidates for the U.S. Senate.
Downing spoke first, commenting, “Senator Tester is not who he pretends to be. He was not a farmer/ rancher, he was a music teacher. Just ask veterans he is not the veteran’s best friend.”
Downing then introduced his wife, Heather.
Downing next paid tribute to retired judge, Russell Fagg, calling him a class act. “But,” Downing asked, “what kind of person do we want in the Senate?”  Troy noted the voters are sending to Washington people who are not politicians, people willing to do the voters’ business and then go home. Said Downing, “I am that man.”
Troy Downing explains he was an unplanned pregnancy and thanks his parents for his birth. He grew up poor and became a research scientist. He taught at New York University. His venture tech businesses included over 150 start-up companies.  “I built my American dream.”
“In 2001 everything changed.” continued Downing. Troy joined the US Air Force, risking his life for his country on search and rescue missions in Afghanistan. He ​then served in the National Guard. His present businesses include a real estate company and storage containers.
“Why am I running?” Downing asked. “It frightens me that an ever larger federal government is getting into ever more of our lives.” 
Downing agrees with the President’s agenda. “President Trump’s ideas are sound,” he said, “but we are not advancing the ball. We have border insecurity with a million illegals annually. We have the unaffordable Care Act train wreck. Our medical services are twice the price of other countries. And what about tax reform? It is too complicated.”
CCRW President Marble thanked Downing and introduced Fagg.
Fagg said he is from Billings and recently retired as a District Court judge.
Regarding his Primary opponent, Downing, Fagg said, “I just think the world of Troy. We plan to do some skiing with him.”
Fagg gave thanks to Carbon County for the years spent there as District Judge 23 years ago until the Districts were changed. His wife, Karen, is from Anaconda. Their children are in college.  “I am a man of faith,” he said, “a past chairman for LaVie women’s clinic, chair for Prayer Breakfasts as well as Walk for Emmaus.”
“Once again,” said Fagg, “I must recognize that Senator Tester was in lock step with President Obama.  Do we want more of that?  Jon’s votes are anti-gun and he cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, the ACA, which will cost Montana a projected 2000 jobs from now to 2024 and nationally 2.5 million jobs.  Jon voted against good judge Gorsuch and there are more to come.”
Fagg placed his top priorities as: 1.  Balanced budget, 2. Limited government, and 3. The rule of law.  “The American dream,” said Russ, “requires a 3 percent growth rate. Under Obama, the best rate was 1.7%.”  Tester voted with Obama 97% of the time.  He now votes with Trump 35% of the time, said Fagg.
“I have a deep love for Montana.”  said Russell Fagg.  “God bless each of you and Montana and the United States of America.”
Saturday, Dec. 2 will be the next Politics & Eggs with Montana Family Foundation President Jeff Laszloffy. Stillwater County’s Republican Dinner will be April 21. Contact Shirlee, 322-6151.
The next meeting will be Jan. 3, 11 a.m., Fort Rockvale, with U. S. Senate candidates Senator Olszewski and Auditor Matt Rosendale.

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