Legislator's tirade is hit on Internet

Published April 28, 2007

HELENA, Mont. - A state lawmaker's profanity-laced tirade against the governor made the rounds on YouTube on Friday, two days after his remarks derailed spending negotiations at the end of the legislative session.

Republican House Majority Leader Michael Lange made the comments Wednesday after leaving a meeting with Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer. Lange was speaking to a room of House Republicans, with reporters and a television camera present.

Among other things, he said Schweitzer could "go straight to hell." Lange later apologized to the governor.

Lawmakers adjourned Friday without passing a budget, forcing the governor to call a special session before June 30.

The tirade had attracted more than 17, 000 views on YouTube.