Montana GOP Chairman Erik Iverson personally invited Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger to attend his local GOP caucus meeting to give a speech in support of Sen. John McCain.
While the GOP's refusal to make a special exception for the Lt. Gov. in their rules made headlines, it has been impossible to find any news reports about whether the Lt. Gov. accepted Iverson's warm invitation to come at speak at the caucus.
Either Bohlinger showed up and was politely received (which would have been newsworthy, since Republicans have been painted in the press as being so terribly mean to Bohlinger,) or he failed to show up and accept the invitation to speak.
The latter would have been even more newsworthy, since it would have indicated that Bohlinger wasn't really all that interested in accepting a Republican invitation to speak at a Republican meeting after all.
And the Lt. Gov. would probably have felt pretty foolish raising a ruckus in front of former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, who was at the Helena caucus to make a pitch for Sen. McCain. (Bohlinger had promised that if he wasn't allowed to vote, he would make a scene.) So it is perhaps safe to assume that Bohlinger looked at the situation, saw that it was going to be awkward to make headlines by pitching a public fit, and saw that if he accepted the polite invitation to address the caucus it would make Republicans look inclusive.
And we can't have that. Better to blow off Iverson's invitation.
If anyone has further information or links to news reports, please send them our way.