Thu., Jan. 22, 2004
After a warm welcome, he told the assembled representatives, "I have been waiting an awful long time to see you all stand and applaud a Democrat."
Then he said he had "risen above partisanship," and as proof, offered gifts for GOP Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and House Speaker Bruce Newcomb: A giant veto stamp for the guv, and an acknowledgement to Newcomb and the House for putting the ``fun in dysfunctional.''
Bieter's new position as mayor is non-partisan.