The art of civility: Event for Montana lawmakers links making sausage to politics

Tony Brockman didn’t miss a beat when asked what brought him to a Saturday morning get-together with some state lawmakers outside of Clancy.

Reps. Gay Parry, R-Colstrip and Denley Loge, R-St. Regis, mix the beef and pork fat on Saturday as they prepare to make sausage.

Phil Drake, Independent Record

“I’m here for the sausages,” the freshman Kalispell Republican joked, then quickly added he was there to begin building relationships with fellow legislators.

Brockman was among about 15 new, seasoned and former legislators who came together for a “How the Sausage is Made” party that taps into the famed quote by 19th century German chancellor Otto Von Bismarck: “Laws are like sausages. It’s best not to see them being made.”

It was held amid the 68th session of the Montana Legislature that started Monday.

Saturday was the return of an event started by Jon Bennion in 2019. He held it again in 2020 but took a hiatus in 2021 and 2022 due to COVID-19 concerns.

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