Was Montana's wild House race a Trump test? Not so much
- Author: Adam Floyd Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 0:44
Gianforte won the House seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, besting his opponent Rob Quist with just over 50 percent of the vote. When Ben asked Gregg a question about the Republican healthcare bill, an infuriated Gianforte reportedly threw the reporter to the ground and punched him.
Gallatin County authorities cited Gianforte for misdemeanor assault Wednesday night and he's scheduled to appear in county Justice Court by June 7. Gianforte's campaign did not deny Jacobs' allegation but countered in its own statement that the reporter provoked an altercation. Late Thursday night, Gianfonte, in his victory speech, apologized to the reporter by name, and also to his supporters.
"When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it". "That's the Montana way".
Montana Republican Greg Gianforte was projected to win the state's seat in the US House of Representatives on Thursday night, according to The Associated Press and other media outlets. I should not have responded in the way that I did and for that I am sorry.
"And I'm sorry to each one of you that we had to go through this", he added. "It's unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ", a Gianforte spokesperson initially said of the incident, according to Fox News. Scattered cheers could be heard in the crowd as Gianforte motioned for them not to applaud. When Gianforte refused to answer the reporter's question, he allegedly took Jacobs to the ground, breaking Jacobs' glasses.
Gianforte was projected the victor of Montana's special election just after midnight eastern time on Friday morning.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday suggested that Gianforte's behavior was somewhat influenced by rough tactics exhibited by some of President Donald Trump's campaign supporters during rallies a year ago.More news: Iraqi Forces Launch Operation to Seize Last Daesh Enclave in Mosul
Quist said he was "sure that Montanans will hold Mr. Gianforte accountable".
Gianforte campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said the candidate was in a private office giving a TV interview when Jacobs entered without permission.
Democrats invested heavily in the race hoping for a win in order to wound Trump, who won the district by more than 20 points.
"I think he wailed on me once or twice".
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence recorded robocalls to voters on Gianforte's behalf, and Republican groups poured millions into ads criticizing Quist for property tax liens and unpaid debts, which Quist said stemmed from a botched gallbladder surgery.