TREMONTON -- Police are recommending that Tremonton's city attorney cite a declared candidate for Congress in Utah's 1st District for misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct because of an incident at Saturday night's Lincoln Day Dinner.
About 8 p.m., Bryan Farnsworth, 49, wearing an ankle-length tie-dyed skirt with a pink shirt, blazer and tie, went on stage accompanied by a white service dog to deliver a speech at the Alice C. Harris Intermediate School, where the Box Elder Republican Party was sponsoring the dinner, said Police Sgt. Todd Hunsaker.
Gov. Gary Herbert was among those in attendance.
In a video of the speech, Farnsworth is seen telling the audience he is bipolar, and then he declares he is the "non-Fascist Republican candidate" for the 1st Congressional District.
"A month ago, I was just Bryan," he says, laughing nervously.
He also states that he's an Eagle Scout, recites the Scout Oath and explains that he is also a former Marine.
"Once a Marine, always a Marine," said Farnsworth, who seems agitated throughout the speech.
Farnsworth then turns his remarks to President Barack Obama's military policies.
"When Obama told some guy (in the military) to get on a Nintendo and drive some drone into this guy's desert getaway, I would have been questioning things," he said.
"I might even go so far as to arrest, to put a gun to the head of the guy making that order."
Farnsworth ends his speech by calling Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, traitors.
"Please, for the love of God, for the love of this great country, for the love of liberty, fire Rob Bishop," he shouts at the audience.
Following Farnsworth's remarks, Herbert took the stage to speak, Hunsaker said.
Farnsworth tried to get back on the stage but was escorted by Herbert's plainclothes security detail to another part of the building and was not allowed back into the hall during the governor's speech.
At some point, Farnsworth caused a cut to the hand of Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Kent Goodrich, a member of the security detail, Hunsaker said.
Farnsworth was allowed to leave with a companion who was driving, Hunsaker said.
Ally Isom, deputy chief of staff for Herbert, said the governor took the incident in stride.
"The candidate involved in the incident was clearly experiencing a mental health episode and was agitated by the circumstances and his time at the podium," she said a Monday email. "While the Governor was distracted, he did not feel threatened."
Farnsworth could not be reached for comment Monday.