Republican lawmaker donates parking space to pregnant Democratic staffer

Secretary of State Communications Director Terri McCoy next to her new parking spot donated by Republican Representative Jerry O'Neil

Secretary of State Communications Director Terri McCoy next to her new parking spot donated by Republican Representative Jerry O’Neil

Evidence that at the end of the day, we’re all Montanans.

The legislature provides parking spaces to state representatives along the two arching driveways leading to the front entrance of the capitol building. But Republican Representative Jerry O’Neil will be walking to work after donating his spot to Terri McCoy, Communications Director for Democratic Secretary of State Linda McCulloch. McCoy is five months pregnant.

“So my center of gravity is a little off,” she laughed in telling how she recently slipped on the ice outside the capitol. She was helped up by some legislative staff members who then, unbeknownst to her, started asking if any representatives would be willing to let McCoy use their parking spot. O’Neil quickly volunteered, though he did not know McCoy personally until she introduced herself to thank him for the space.

“Representative O’Neil is truly a neighbor helping a neighbor and he reached out and helped a pregnant lady he had never met to make sure she didn’t have to walk on the ice for the rest of the session,” she said.

Representative Jerry O'Neil (R-Columbia Falls)

Representative Jerry O’Neil (R-Columbia Falls)

O’Neil, who has made headlines this session for asking to be paid in gold and silver and for sponsoring a number of controversial bills, such as replacing prison time with inflicting of physical pain,says he didn’t know who McCoy was but did know she could use his spot.

“Well it seems simple to me, I mean, I didn’t need it that bad and I only live like six blocks away so I don’t mind walkin’,” O’Neil said.

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