HELENA, Mont. (AP) – 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.

He said Schweitzer could “go straight to hell” and called the governor an “S.O.B.”

The tirade attracted more than 17,000 views on YouTube and stalled talks to draft a state budget.

Lange later apologized to the governor for the rant, but his words loomed over the statehouse Friday as the parties deadlocked.

Schweitzer called it Lange’s “YouTube moment.”


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