Ohio's Sen. Brown Condemns Alleged Attack by Montana Congressional Hopeful

The Guardian reporter who authorities say was assaulted by a Montana Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat says he never touched the politician before he was thrown to the ground. On "Good Morning America", Jacobs said he was trying to ask Gianforte a question about healthcare. It's one of the reasons I find them to be such disgusting human beings. Yeah, I think he should apologise.

Himes responded, "I think that would be appropriate. I'm not proud of how I acted". A Fox News team preparing to interview Gianforte confirmed the attack: "Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him", reporter Alicia Acuna said. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office said there were four witnesses to the incident, in addition to Gianforte and Jacobs.

"I'm sick and exhausted of you guys", Gianforte can be heard saying on an audio recording of the exchange.

Gianforte apologized in his victory speech: "When you make a mistake you have to own up to it. last night I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can not take back". Get the hell out of here.

Now, if Jacobs had pushed first, or responded physically when asked to leave, that would have been another matter entirely. After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. The candidate says that reporter tried to push a phone in his face before this happened. He's accused of grabbing Jacobs by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office earlier Wednesday night.

Acuna, the Fox News reporter, wrote that "at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte". He has until June 7 to appear in a county court and faces a $500 fine and six months in jail if convicted.

Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are seeking to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to become President Donald Trump's Interior secretary.

It was unclear what impact the late-breaking news would have on the election, especially since a significant portion of voters already had cast early ballots.

The race was upended in the final hours following an altercation between the Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte and a reporter, adding even more uncertainty to an unusually tight contest.

Republican Greg Gianforte - A multi-millionaire tech entrepreneur who sold his company RightNow Technologies to Oracle in 2012.

The election result is a major blow to Democrats - the race had been seen as something of a litmus-test for how badly the scandals of the Trump Administration were affecting Republican chances statewide.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for Gianforte to apologize, saying "that's wrong and should not happen".

"I do not think this is acceptable behavior, but the choice will be made by the people of Montana", Ryan said during a press conference.

"But Ryan rejected the idea that he or or Republican leadership would intervene if Gianforte wins. Yesterday's events serve as another wake up call to all Montanans and Americans that we must restore civility in politics and governing, and demand more from people who hold the public's trust", said Governor Steve Bullock.

After the event, Gianforte's spokesman released a statement blaming the encounter on Jacobs' "aggressive behavior".

Reporter: "Yes, and you just broke my glasses".

Jacobs said on Wednesday night that Gianforte "bodyslammed" him.

  • Zachary Reyes