Civility: Montana Democrat Flips Out, Repeatedly Interrupts Senate Debate

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

After all the feigned indignation from Democrats over poor Obama being “heckled” by Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro the other day, they might want to start lecturing their own about civility (via WFB).

Late Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill used to say “all politics is local.” If he were still alive and in Montana Saturday, he might have added, “and ugly, too.”

Bozeman Democrat Rachel Vaughn’s Saturday night included the first U.S. Senate campaign debate between Democratic incumbent Jon Tester and GOP challenger U.S. House Rep. Denny Rehberg at Bucks T-4 Lodge in Big Sky.

It ended with cursing, threats and a very minor assault.

In between, I would learn that Vaughn is passionate about her politics — exhaustive in her understanding of the Lily Ledbetter Act, the federal law requiring that women receive equal pay for equal work, and supportive of Tester because he has made the act a centerpiece of his campaign.

I’ve pointed out that Tester’s support of the act doesn’t extend to his own female staffers.

During the debate, though moderators asked the audience to stay quiet throughout, Vaughn openly and loudly called Rehberg a liar a few times during his comments. Then, when she couldn’t stand it anymore, she stormed from the room, screaming that Rehberg is a “corporate puppet.”

After the event, I camped out by a Lexus sport utility vehicle with a “Drunks for Denny” sign in the windshield. I hoped to find the car’s owner and interview him or her about the message.

I shouldn’t have been surprised to discover that the Lexus belongs to Vaughn. She made her way to me.

Vaughn said she didn’t feel it appropriate for Rehberg to serve in public office after having been involved in a boating accident on Flathead Lake in northern Montana several years ago.

That would be interesting — though not necessarily relevant — if it were true. But it isn’t. In the 2009 accident, a former state senator, not Rehberg, was driving the boat when it hit the lakeshore, ejecting its occupants. Rehberg and others were injured.

I guess it had some truthiness.

Things got even uglier.

Later, NBC Montana reported, ardent Tester supporters reportedly shoved Jan Rehberg, the congressman’s wife. The Rehberg campaign said that forced the congressman and his wife to exit hastily after the debate.


This is how they act when they know they’re losing.


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One Response to “Civility: Montana Democrat Flips Out, Repeatedly Interrupts Senate Debate”

  1. Blue Hen on 19/19/12 at 12:38 pm

    Aboating accident? Really? So did this paragon of the New Civility have any opinions on Chappaquidick?