Democrats see hope for 2018 in thin GOP victory in Montana
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 0:46
Recently, North Dakota's representative Kevin Cramer was bumped by an upset voter at a contentious town hall meeting ironically about the Affordable Care Act that the reporter was asking Gianforte about before the alleged assault happened Cramer acted like a congressman should: remained calm, did not respond physically and continued his town hall meeting.
She added: "Tonight's apology was a good first step toward redemption and I hope Gianforte continues to work toward righting his wrong".
A Fox News reporter wrote that "Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him".
If convicted of misdemeanour assault, he could a face a maximum £385 fine or six months in jail.
The election attracted a great deal of national attention (Montana is one of the smallest states in the country by population and one of the least densely populated) due to the considerable effort made by the national Democratic Party, which billed it as a challenge to the Republicans in the "heart of Trump country".
The Republican rich-guy won his state's lone U.S. House seat Thursday during a special election.
And instead of Trump, who was embraced by Gianforte and rarely mentioned by Quist in a state where the president remains popular, Republicans said the key national figure in the race was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Beyond that, there's not much we actually know - given that it's only 48 hours since the Gianforte chokeslam on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs took place. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, 'I'm sick and exhausted of this!' Jacobs scrambled to his knees and said something about his glasses being broken.... "Who knows how it would have affected them - I'm not sure - but it wasn't going to completely change the game because the game was two-thirds over".
The Montana contest was the second special House election this year in a conservative district where rank-and-file progressives rallied behind their candidate only to see Washington-based Democrats shrink from the fight as Republicans launched ferocious attacks to ensure victory. Jacobs was asking an excellent question.
THERE are a lot of unsavory characters in politics, but just maybe Montana's Greg Gianforte has moved near the top of the list.
Republican Greg Gianforte celebrates with his wife Susan on Thursday after winning Montana's open congressional seat. Jacobs grabbed Greg's wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground.
Mike Pence, who campaigned for Gianforte, hid out all day Thursday to avoid having to comment. "It's unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene".
Speaking to cheering supporters in Bozeman after his win, Gianforte apologized for the incident and said he was not proud of his actions.
Afterward, three state newspapers rescinded their endorsements of Mr Gianforte. Republicans must bring the same sense of moral certainty to the case of Mr. Gianforte - or they must admit they care about these essential principles only when it is politically convenient. The Independent Record published an editorial declaring that it was "sick and tired" of "Gianforte's incessant attacks on the free press".
"When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it", Politico reports Gianforte saying at a victory party. That was not unlike a home invader declaring the family Doberman an "enemy of the house", but his fans bought it, snarling at reporters and dismissing as "fake news" every fact that intruded upon their fantasies.
Gianforte has two weeks to enter a plea to the misdemeanor citation issued by the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, according to Lambert, who said he would likely review the case before then to decide whether it should be treated as a felony offense, which would supersede the current charge.