PSC Campaign Targets Opponent With E-Mail From Fictitious Person

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A candidate for the Public Service Commission is upset about an e-mail from a fictitious character – created by the campaign of his opponent in the Republican primary.

Pat Wagman of Livingston calls the situation “bizarre.”

His opponent, Alan Olson of Roundup, quickly apologized. He says the whole situation was created by a young person who volunteered to help with computer work.

Wagman says he received an e-mail last month from someone claiming to be Sean (shawn) Rourk of the Amsden Group, asking – quote – “if you could be a little more specific in your qualifications for a position on the PSC.”

Wagman answered, then got curious about the flimsy Web site for the Amsden Group. Some research showed it was owned by Olson, currently a representative in the Montana House.