Gianfonte Apologizes To Reporter He Choke Slammed

Lance Nichols
June 9, 2017

Republican Greg Gianforte on Thursday night won the special election to fill the lone U.S. House seat representing Montana, just one night after he was charged with misdemeanor assault.

The U.S. House seat became vacant after Trump tapped Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke to become Secretary of the Interior.

The Guardian reported claims Gianforte "body slammed" him and broke his glasses at the candidate's headquarters in Bozeman.

Witnesses, including a Fox News crew, said Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck and slammed him to the ground while yelling "Get the hell out of here!"

Gianforte seems to be performing equally in early votes (probably about 70 percent of the total) and election day votes, despite some GOP fears that election day voters would strongly respond to the candidate being charged with misdemeanor assault on Wednesday night.

Gianforte's campaign later issued a statement, seemingly contradicted by the audio, saying it was Jacobs who had been "aggressive". "That's the Montana way".

"Last night I made a mistake", he said, to more laughter, "I took an action that I can't take back".

The Gianforte campaign had earlier accused Mr Jacobs of entering the office "without permission" and shoving "a recorder in Greg's face". Three of the biggest newspapers in Montana were quick to rescind their endorsements of Gianforte, and Montana's Democratic Governor Steve Bullock called Gianforte's actions "unsettling on many levels".

But after he was declared the victor, Gianforte apologized for the attack.

"That's not the person I am and that's not the way I'll lead this state", he said. Ben Jacobs. I also want to apologize to the Fox News team that was there. Donald Trump Jr. campaigned with Gianforte in the weeks prior to the election, and Vice President Mike Pence recorded robocalls for the candidate.

"Great win in Montana", Trump told reporters as he arrived in Italy for a meeting of the G-7 nations as part of his first foreign trip as president, The Hill reports.

Montana has traditionally been a "Red State" in presidential elections, but it's not impossible for Democrats to win in the state.

Gianforte said, "Last night, I learned a lesson".

Gianforte won the election by 50 percent against his democratic rival Rob Quist, who managed to garner 43 percent of the votes. Gianforte will now take the state's only seat in the House of Representatives.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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