There is a special cave in the darkest pit of hell for people like this. I don't care who you are, you do not beat up little kids. Period. This is just more evidence that the whole "value life" line these guys spew is cynical and empty. This guy is unworthy to hold any office other than maybe Chairman of Prison Toilet Cleanup.
Republican State Senator Jason Priest (Red Lodge) has been charged with felony assault on a minor, for throwing his four-year old daughter on February 1st. Priest, who ironically chairs the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee, was arrested on February 1st for assaulting his daughter, his estranged wife and her boyfriend. He also allegedly fought with the arresting officer.
Priest is a Tea Party style Republican who has often clashed with GOP moderates in the Republican State Senate. He is a proud member of the NRA and staunchly “Pro-life”. Yet, this “family values” Republican is now an accused felony domestic abuser, and his commitment to “protecting” the unborn is apparently not matched by an equal commitment to protect children who have been born.
In addition, given his propensity for violent rage, Priest raises questions about whether domestic abusers should have easy access to guns. A man who threw his daughter like a potato sack, tried to shove his wife down a flight of stairs, fractured her boyfriend’s ribs, and then fought the police officer when he arrived, is a man who would pose a clear and present danger to all around if he was armed. After he was arrested the judge ordered him to stay away from firearms and for good reason.
Wait a few more days and I'm sure his spin doctors will tell us all that it was the little girl's fault.