Missoula Democrats weigh in on DOJ standoff


MISSOULA, Mont. - Missoula Democrats are weighing in on the standoff between the Missoula County Attorney and the U.S. Department of Justice.

They've drafted a resolution asking members of their own party, the Missoula County Commissioners and Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg to cooperate with the DOJ.

The Missoula Democratic Central Committee met earlier this week to discuss the resolution.

The draft asks commissioners to take back funding they recently granted Van Valkenburg, for a lawsuit against the DOJ.

The draft resolution claims the lawsuit is a distraction from sexual assault response in the community.

In addition the draft calls on Van Valkenburg to cooperate with the DOJ.

"There's a lot of Democrats who are concerned about the emphasis on fighting the Department of Justice as opposed to preventing and spending resources on improving our responses to sexual assault," said Chairman of the Missoula County Democrats Dave Kendall.

But Missoula County Commissioner Chair Jean Curtiss said the draft isn't changing her stance.

"If they would focus on what we're already doing to help victims and what the accountability audit is going to find and how we improve that system, I think that would be the best way to go forward," Curtiss said.

Missoula County Democrats will meet to discuss a revised resolution at a meeting next month. Click here for more information.

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