Who is Greg Gianforte?
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:04
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin made the announcement in a written statement shortly before midnight on Wednesday, about six hours after the attack on reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian.
The maximum penalty if convicted of the assault charge is a $500 fine and 6 months in jail. The statement added that the "nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault".
One side of the dispute between a GOP candidate and a reporter about what happened during a body-slamming assault Wednesday was strengthened when Fox News reporters who witnessed the incident issued their report.
The crew "watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of 'I'm sick and exhausted of this!'" Acuna wrote.
As Levinson recounted in a series of posts on Twitter and in audio of the encounter later posted by The Guardian, Jacobs approached Gianforte as he was preparing for a television interview and asked for his opinion on the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the American Health Care Act.
"The last time you were here you did the same thing", Gianforte allegedly said to the reporter.
Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, called police after he said Gianforte "body-slammed" him for asking a question in the candidate's campaign office. Gianforte yells, "The last guy who came here did the same thing", and a shaken-sounded Jacobs tells the candidate he just body-slammed him.
"Get the hell out of here", Mr Gianforte says.
Greg Gianforte was cited for grabbing a reporter by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office Wednesday night.
After Jacobs left, Gianforte apologized to the Fox crew.
Montana voters are heading to the polls Thursday to decide a nationally watched congressional election amid uncertainty in Washington over President Donald Trump's agenda and his handling of the country's affairs.
Gianforte, a wealthy businessman, lost a race against Montana's Democratic governor in November while Trump won the state by 20 points.
In the congressional race, Mr Gianforte has tried to tie himself to the president and been boosted by visits from Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. Democrats were hoping an upset would send a message to the GOP that Trump's souring approval ratings could damage their political fortunes even in deep red states. "If you don't vote tomorrow, the liberal Democrats running for Congress will decimate and dismantle all that we've done".
"Speak with Shane, please", Gianforte replied.
Requests for comment went unanswered Wednesday night from House Speaker Paul Ryan and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Greg Gianforte/Montana Republican Congressional Candidate: "Last guy did the same damn thing". "It's not what you want to see happen on the eve of an election".
The altercation took place Wednesday at Gianforte's campaign headquarters in Bozeman. In West Virginia, a reporter was arrested when he approached Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and began asking questions.
She added that Mr Gianforte then began to punch Mr Jacobs. Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte's wrist and both fell to the ground, Scanlon said. "After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined", Scanlon wrote.
In an interview on MSNBC Wednesday evening, Jacobs elaborated, saying that he had "been pressing the campaign for a few days to grab Gianforte one-on-one" and after being rebuked, attempted to ask about the CBO score "while he was just standing around".