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The fear factor. Helena reacts to “The Walter Ego”

October 27, 2006View for printing

Last week’s Independent cover story by John S. Adams, “The Walter Ego,” has stirred up a hornet’s nest in the state’s political circles. In the article, Adams relates his attempts to find out just how Gov. Schweitzer’s brother Walter has been influencing the formulation of state policy from his rather ill-defined, but definitely high-level, position of power in the governor’s office. On the surface, only a scant few individuals were willing to go on the record to be quoted for the story. But off the record, in e-mails and blogs, a considerably larger mass have tales to tell—tales they won’t tell in public, however, because of fear that if they do, they will pay harshly for crossing the governor.

by George Ochenski

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