Reporter Says He Was 'Body-Slammed' By US House Candidate
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 9:20
"I'm sick and exhausted of you guys", Gianforte said as sounds of a commotion could be heard in the background.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's department made the announcement in a press statement late Wednesday.
"Everybody's exhausted of the election process and wants to get it over with, but on the other hand we'd like to see a good, solid replacement for Ryan Zinke", retired businessman Jerry Skillman said.
The nature of Jacobs' injuries didn't meet the statutory requirements for a felony assault charge, Gootkin said in a statement.
After Jacobs left, Gianforte apologized to the Fox crew. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has invested more than $500,000 in the race, released a statement after the tape's release, calling for Gianforte to quit the race.
He also said some presidential campaigns, such as former President Barack Obama's in 2008 and 2012, used volunteers from uncompetitive states in the Electoral College to target residents of competitive states.
The 45-second recording does not contain a request from Gianforte that Jacobs lower his phone. "I don't think the current reality we're in has changed that all that much. you can not allow your candidacy or campaign to be sidetracked by the daily chaos coming out of the Trump White House".
Montana's contest pits a wealthy businessman - Gianforte, who narrowly lost the race for governor a year ago - against Quist, a locally famous singer-songwriter and political neophyte.
With voters less than a day away from heading to the polls for a special election to fill an open U.S. House seat in Montana, President Donald Trump has recorded a robocall making a last-minute pitch for the Republican candidate.
Audio released by the Guardian indicated that Jacobs was asking Gianforte a question about health care, when the alleged incident took place.
After Gianforte tells Jacobs to direct the question to his spokesman, Shane Scanlon, there is the sound of an altercation, and Gianforte begins to scream.
A Republican candidate for Congress in Montana has been cited for misdemeanor assault after a reporter for The Guardian said he was body-slammed by the man Wednesday.
"You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses", Jacobs replied.
Jacobs: He just body-slammed me.
"Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face", Scanlon said.
Authorities say they're investigating allegations of assault.
Jessica Chase, president of Bruins Elect and third-year political science student, said her club is campaigning for candidates in Georgia and Montana because local elections for Los Angeles municipal and school board positions finished earlier this month.
Quist campaign claims more than 13,000 attended the rallies in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, and Missoula. In the recording, Gianforte can be heard saying that he was "sick and exhausted of you guys" and to "get the hell out of here".
But Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., added: "Rob Quist is too liberal for Montana - he is very liberal".
He says negotiations over changing the law need to be more inclusive, and pokes at the wealthy Gianforte.
But The New York Times dug up an audio recording of Gianforte telling Republicans he was "thankful" that the House passed its bill. He says Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte's wrist and both apparently fell to the ground. Republicans have held Montanas statewide seat in the House since the 1996 election.
"I just figured he was standing around there and I wanted to reach out and get his response to the CBO score", Jacobs said.
The Guardian is a British liberal newspaper that opened a US edition 10 years ago. In other words, the Democratic portrayal of Gianforte as some rich guy trying to purchase a political office for himself has a recent track record of success.