GOP Montana congressional candidate accused of body-slamming reporter

Posted May 25, 2017

Ryan Zinke's leap to the role of U.S. Interior Secretary left behind a contested seat in Congress, and the race for that seat has become the costliest for a House seat in Montana's history.

"Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian's Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face, and began asking badgering questions".

In an audio recording published by the Guardian, Ben Jacobs can be heard asking Gianforte to respond to the fresh CBO score of the American Health Care Act, a bill he's said he was glad to see the House of Representatives approve. It basically says, "I tried to get the phone out of my face, he grabbed me and "spun away" then fell on top of me and broke his glasses, that pencil necked 4 eyes liberal coastal elitist faggy boy REPORTER who should probably be lynched".

"Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses", Mr. Jacobs charged on Twitter from Bozeman, Montana.

"I'm sick and exhausted of you guys!"

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office said it was "currently investigating allegations of an assault", according to Politico.

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The special election for that seat, which was vacated by Republican Ryan Zinke upon his appointment to U.S. secretary of the interior, will be held Thursday.

"We've gotten lots of calls", he said. Greg Gianforte, who ran 47,000 votes behind Donald Trump in a losing 2016 bid for governor, brings to the race two decided advantages - he is rich (he sold his software company for $1.5 billion in 2011) and he is a Republican.

But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has invested more than $ 670,000 in the race, released a statement after the tape's release, calling for Gianforte to quit the race.

The attack took place after Jacobs asked a question about health care.

"Get the hell out of here", Gianforte said. As election day approached, however, Quist brought in Bernie Sanders and pounded his opponent for supporting Trumpcare, while Gianforte brought in Donald Trump Jr. and Mike Pence, and practically made MAGA his slogan. Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock said he chose the earliest possible date to hold an election - May 25 - to waste no time in regaining that voice.

Alexis Levinson, now at BuzzFeed and formerly with National Review, partially confirmed Jacobs' accusation.

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In Montana's upcoming special election, Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are getting pounded on the airwaves and in the local papers.

I did contribute $250.00 on March 23, 2017. One young voter said he's watched more programming on commercial-free online streaming sites such as Netflix in part to avoid the political ads running on television.

"Greg Gianforte must immediately withdraw his candidacy after his alleged violent assault of an innocent journalist", said DCCC spokesperson Tyler Law.

Montanans patiently explained to outsiders that local factors, not national issues or partisanship, would matter most.

"Now, the balance of power is at stake", Schneider said.

Democrats are seeing a revitalized base after Democrat Jon Ossoff almost scored a win in a heavily conservative House district in Georgia last month and a better-than-expected performance in a special House election in Kansas earlier in April.

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