TREMONTON -- Bryan Farnsworth, a declared candidate in Utah's 1st Congressional District, was kept out of the Republican Lincoln Day Dinner after his speech on Saturday night.
About 8 p.m., Farnsworth went on stage in a hall of Harris Intermediate School at 515 N. 800 West, where the dinner was held. Gov. Gary Herbert was among the Republican party members in attendance. Farnsworth is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, who was not at the dinner.
During his allotted speech time, Farnsworth said that President Barack Obama and Congress are violating the Constitution and that if they do not do as he says, he would hold a gun to their heads, said state Rep. Lee Perry and former state Rep. Holly Richardson, who were both at the dinner.
Farnsworth also said in his speech that he is bipolar, said Scott Ericson, the governor's campaign manager.
"Mental illness can be a very difficult thing to deal with," Richardson said.
After his speech, Farnsworth left the main hall and went into a hallway. Farnsworth tried to get back into the main hall during Herbert's speech, which directly followed his, but security personnel kept him out for the remainder of the night, said Perry, who is also a Utah Highway Patrol lieutenant.
Seth Crossley, who was at the dinner, said Farnsworth was wearing a multi-colored ankle-length skirt with dress shoes, a shirt and blazer.