Polls close in election after candidate allegedly body slams reporter

Dianna Christensen
May 27, 2017

Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana's sole U.S. House seat a day after being charged with assaulting a reporter.

Quist has declined to comment on the charge.

Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was elected to the House of Representatives yesterday, and this is monumental for at least two reasons. "I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I am sorry, Mr". In his speech, Gianforte apologized for an altercation. "Donald Trump's his model", she said. About a third of eligible voters in Montana had already cast their ballots in early voting, and others said it didn't influence their vote. Jacobs told "Good Morning America" Thursday morning, "I went from being vertical one moment to being horizontal the next". Gianforte would face a maximum $500 fine or 6 months in jail if convicted.

He added that "the nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault".

Jacobs said Thursday of Gianforte's account that "the only thing that is factually correct.is my name and place of employment". And when you make a mistake, you have to own up to it.

After Gianforte told Jacobs to ask his spokesman, there's sound of a scuffle and Gianforte shouting.

If this doesn't make Republicans nervous - and prompt tactical questions about whether the party is on the correct course - they're not paying close enough attention.

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After the altercation Wednesday, Gianforte's campaign issued a statement blaming the reporter.

"Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian's Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face, and began asking badgering questions".

The 45-second recording does not contain a request from Gianforte that Jacobs lower his phone. Ben Jacobs... I want to apologize to the FOX News team, and I am sorry to each of you for my actions.

Republicans now find themselves with an incoming member of Congress forced to appear in county court in coming weeks - a predicament Democrats will no doubt exploit as an example of the GOP's decay. "That was a thing, a real thing that happened, and we still said, 'Yeah, he should be president'".

Gianforte has been supportive of Trump's travel ban and health care reform, and backed the president's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey. Before that, he was a technology and software company executive - his assets range between $96 and $328 million, according to the Associated Press.

"NBC Montana takes pride in reporting only verifiable facts from an independent, reliable sources". What many had tried to paint as another referendum on President Trump and the Republicans took a last-minute turn when Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking a journalist working on the campaign trail Wednesday. Or perhaps he feared acknowledging his assault before polls closed would cost him voters.

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