House GOP sticking with Montana candidate despite assault

House GOP sticking with Montana candidate despite assault

House GOP sticking with Montana candidate despite assault

Jacobs, has been covering the candidate for several weeks, asked Gianforte a question about the Republican health care plan before being attacked, according to the Guardian.

But Ryan, when asked if he would refuse to let Gianforte join the party in the House if he won the election, deferred to the people of Montana: "I do not accept that this is acceptable behavior but the choice will be made by the people of Montana".

Greg Gianforte campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said the candidate was in a private office Wednesday giving an interview when Guardian newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission.

The Gallatin County sheriff's office said Wednesday evening that it was "currently investigating allegations of an assault involving Greg Gianforte". "It's unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene".

A Fox News crew, whose interview Jacobs crashed, described the altercation in a way that appeared to support Jacobs' depiction of events and with more detail. Also, I'm not sure how "out of character" this can be for Gianforte since he, you know, did it.

The first question you have to wonder about concerning the assault and battery allegedly committed by Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte is: How could he possibly have put out a miserable, lying cover story when there were at least four witnesses in the room?

He publicly declined to comment on the bill as it roiled Congress, claiming he needed to know more about it.

"Democracy can not exist without a free press, and both concepts are under attack by Republican US House Candidate Greg Gianforte".

"It is unsettling on many levels that Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a journalist and then lied, refusing to take responsibility for his action".

The development heightened the drama of an already highly scrutinized special election in the traditional Republican stronghold of Montana, which has proved to be a far closer race than expected.

Asked if candidate Greg Gianforte should quit the race, Ryan said "there is no time when a physical altercation should occur with the press or just between human beings". Jacobs then "spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground".

That and "other questionable interactions Gianforte had with reporters. must now be seen through a much more sinister lens", the Gazette said.

Ben Jacobs had been trying to question Gianforte about a new Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House health care bill.

Gianforte, a wealthy software executive, lost to Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock a year ago by about 4 points, even as President Trump rolled to a 20-point win in the state.

Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur, defeated Democrat Rob Quist to continue the GOP's two-decade stronghold on the congressional seat.

Reactions around the House of Representatives ranged from cautious among Republicans - House Speaker Paul Ryan called Gianforte's alleged assault against Jacobs a "mistake" and called on him to apologize - to nearly giddy among Democrats, who thought the incident could push the Montana special election in their favor. "I don't advocate violence, but when you're told to back off, you need to back off". Three newspapers in the state rescinded their endorsements of the GOP candidate.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, a political committee for House Republicans, didn't immediately offer a response to the incident.

Acuna said that Jacobs "scrambled to his knees and said something about his glasses being broken".

The 45-second recording does not contain a request from Gianforte that Jacobs lower his phone.

The Guardian reported on April 28 that Gianforte has financial ties to a number of Russian companies that have been sanctioned by the United States.

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