GOP lawmakers say little about Montana candidate

A still image taken from video shows Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte speaking to voters while campaigning for a special election in Missoula, Montana, U.S. May 24, 2017.

The sheriff of a Montana county where Republican candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter said Thursday that Gianforte declined law enforcement's request for a follow-up interview. The polls will close at 10 p.m.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after Ben Jacobs, a political correspondent for the USA edition of the Guardian newspaper, said the candidate "body-slammed" him during a campaign event in Bozeman. But even if Gianforte wins, Republicans will face a major decision on whether or not to seat him.

New Jersey Republican Rep. Leonard Lance argued that the press should be treated with respect, adding, "I, of course, hope that the Republican is successful today because I think that his views are the views of the people of Montana".

Though Ryan said he believes Gianforte should apologize for the altercation, he did not indicate in any way that Gianforte should be rejected or that he should refuse to accept the position if he is victorious in today's election. But part of the job representing the people of Montana is answering basic questions on important topics, topics such as how a risky healthcare plan could impact the very people you are trying to represent.

In the wake of Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte's alleged assault of a reporter Wednesday, all three of the state's largest newspapers have withdrawn their endorsements of him. According to the story, the crew saw Gianforte slam the reporter to the ground and "watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter".

In an audio recording released by the Guardian, the two can be heard arguing, right before Jacobs proclaims, "You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses!" "Get the hell out of here".

"I still have an election to report on in 12 hours, so that's the first priority", Jacobs said on ABC.

Trump won Montana by over 20 points in 2016, and while Gianforte was expected to win easily, polls have the lead tightening as Democrats look to make the race a referendum on Trump's recent controversies in Washington and the GOP health care bill. In 2014, 225,136 Montanans voted absentee in the midterms total.

In Jacobs' audio tape of the incident, Gianforte is heard shouting: "I'm sick and exhausted of you guys".

It's unclear whether the incident will seriously affect the election for the House of Representatives seat vacated earlier this year by current Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. A longtime political reporter, Jacobs had earlier written about Gianfore's alleged financial ties - another one! - to Russian Federation.

The maximum penalty if convicted of the assault charge is a $500 fine and 6 months in jail.

Three of Montana's biggest newspapers pulled their endorsements of Gianforte but did not endorse his opponents.

At a diner in Helena, Montana, some customers expressed dismay over the incident.

"The door to the room was about half open, so I couldn't see the whole thing", she said.

According to an audio recording of the incident, the IT tycoon was approached by Ben Jacobs, a journalist with the Guardian, and asked to comment on the Congressional Budget Office's scoring of the health-care reform recently passed by House Republicans.

Recommended News

  • Manchester attack: Donald Trump condemns leaks after United Kingdom police stop sharing intelligence

    Speaking after a meeting of the government's COBRA crisis committee, May said "the public should remain vigilant". Very wicked, to target that sort of thing", the 91-year-old monarch told 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents.

    OPEC Agrees 9-Month Extension To Production Cut, WTI Oil Price Slides

    Oil-producing nations belonging to Opec have agreed to extend production cuts for a further nine months. It has since maintained oil output levels at roughly 200,000 barrels per day since making the pledge.

    BBC to show Champions Trophy highlights

    Test, ODI and T20, as rated by the CEAT Cricket ratings (CCR) council. "From that point of view, it is exciting for me". Dhawan has been included in the Indian squad that travel to England for the Champions Trophy in June.
  • High Court Ruling On NC Voting Districts May Affect Georgia

    High Court Ruling On NC Voting Districts May Affect Georgia

    Instead, legislative leaders openly boasted they would gerrymander along partisan lines to give Republicans maximum advantage. At the same time, race can't be the predominant factor without very strong reasons, under a series of high court decisions.
    President Trump and Melania Trump are bad at holding hands

    President Trump and Melania Trump are bad at holding hands

    As the Trumps walked away from Air Force One on the Israeli tarmac, the president was seen reaching for his wife's hand. Trump did not return PEOPLE's request for comment at the time.

    Priyanka Chopra's Baywatch gets 5 cuts and an A Certificate

    Forbes Magazine's Scott Mendelson also disapproved of how Priyanka Chopra was not utilised well by the filmmakers. Before that American critics got to watch the film in preview screenings and boy, have they hated it or what.
  • Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/25/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

    Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/25/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

    It's an indication that despite still being in a dire 3-1 hole, the resolve inside Boston's locker room remains strong. Jonas Jerebko was wonderful off the bench in the second half after not appearing in the first.
    Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (AAP) Position Boosted by Sei Investments Co

    Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (AAP) Position Boosted by Sei Investments Co

    Et Al, which now holds $789 thousand worth of this stock and that ownership represents almost 0.49% of its market capitalization. Sapphire Star Partners LP bought a new stake in shares of Advance Auto Parts during the fourth quarter valued at about $205,000.
    White House, DOJ miss Senate deadline to provide James Comey memos, records

    White House, DOJ miss Senate deadline to provide James Comey memos, records

    It may be likely that this particular issue will feature prominently if any future impeachment process were to happen. After that hearing, the White House put out a statement misrepresenting Brennan's remarks.
  • Playboy Playmate To Clean Grafitti For Nude Gym Pic

    Playboy Playmate To Clean Grafitti For Nude Gym Pic

    The 2015 Playmate of the Year chose to complete the community labor once a week in lieu of 45 days in county jail. Mathers, 30, sparked a firestorm of criticism when she posted the photo on her Snapchat account in July 2016.

    More Americans with Alzheimer's are dying at home

    This suggests that many of these caregivers would benefit from more support, including education and other services, he said. The researchers examined death certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System to reach their findings.

    Notorious child serial killer Ian Brady has died in prison

    Brady and Hindley also admitted that they murdered Edward Evans (17) and John Kilbride (12) as well as 16-year-old Pauline Reade. The Guardian reported Brady was diagnosed as a psychopath in 1985 and moved to maximum security psychiatric hospital.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.