House adjourns; Lange sacked as majority leader

by Jay Stevens

Oops!

The House adjourned after passing its tax and budget bills without waiting around to see if the Senate will pass them. If the Senate rejects any of the bills, the Governor will have to call another special session…

As ID’s Jason says, “I am beginning to think that Mr. Sales really just doesn’t get how the Montana Legislative system works.”

The first casualty in the brouhaha is now former House majority leader, Michael Lange, who was stripped of his position, largely over his obscenity-laden tirade.

A couple of things. First, I told you so!

Second, I actually feel bad for the guy. Apparently having learned his lesson from the fallout of the angry rant, he was one of the 13 House Republicans to reach out to the Good Guv and rescue the state’s budget.

I suspect there will be other casualties from the 2007 legislative session. I suspect we won’t ever see another Sales Speakership, for one. Or another Constitution party member in the body (Jore terms out after this session). Or Sinrud given the reigns of the Appropriations Committee.

Whether Schweitzer has suffered any damage this session remains to be seen, but despite some institutional criticism in the papers, some critics in the blogosphere (myself included), and general disgruntlement in political circles, I suspect it may be Schweitzer who may emerge from this session as the “winner.” Certainly it could be – and likely will be – spun that Schweitzer stepped in and saved the day.

Update: It’s over


  1. deb

    I don’t think that Lange’s rant was what did him in: today’s GOP has demonstrated over & over that such diatribes–the more red-faced & psychotic the better–are just the right kind of red meat to fill the party’s belly.

    But Lange’s decision to work with the Governor– I think that was what finally led to his ouster, although the GOP will deny it.

    Too bad that Sales & Sinrud didn’t decide to ‘cooperate’ , too.

  2. Lange was a sacrifice, and most of us know what sacrifices are used to summon, know don’t we …




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