Greg Gianforte: A look at congressional candidate accused of having attacked a reporter

Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a special house election in Montana, was officially accused of a journalist on Wednesday — just a day before the election.

As The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs is trying to ask, Gianforte a question about the recently released Congressional Budget Office estimate of the cost of the house GOP’s health care legislation, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck and slammed him to the ground, according to Fox News’ eye-witness report.

The Gallatin County Sheriff ‘ s Office quoted Gianforte with a misdemeanor assault. He is expected to appear before the court on 7. June.

Greg Gianforte just the body hit me and broke my glasses

— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017

Here is a look at the Gianforte and his campaign so far.

Personal Life

Gianforte, 56, raised his four children in Bozeman, Mont., together with his wife, Susan, according to his campaign website.

Gianforte co-founder of the software company RightNow Technologies 20. It was sold to Oracle in 2012 for $ 1.8 billion, the question of who will get exactly the money, the Billings Gazette ” reported that in the year 2014.


At the time, said Gianforte, he and his wife controlled about 20 to 25 percent of the shares in the amount of up to $400 million, when Oracle bought the company.

Its net assets are thought to be somewhere between the hundreds of millions to more than $1 billion, according to the National Journal.

Gianforte reported that, in 2016, revenues were between $2.3 million to $15.7 million, with assets of between $65 million and $315 million, Montana KXLH-TV reported.

Gianforte ran the race as a Republican for Montana’s 2016 gubernatorial election, but lost against Democratic incumbent, Steve Bullock, in November.

Special Election

To replace Gianforte, the Republicans’ candidate in Montana by-election Ryan Zinke, the Secretariat of the new Interior Department.

Although Gianforte, the support of the White house, Gianforte, he has said this last week before the vote — “This race is closer than it should be.”


Gianforte is pitted against Democrat Rob Quist, a progressive cowboy-musicians, with the support of Vermont sen. Bernie Sanders. Quist has managed to narrow Gianforte consistent leadership in recent weeks, in what has race to a surprisingly competitive.

Montanans vote on may 25.

‘Body-slamming” incident

Wednesday evening, in a Fox News crew setting up for an interview with Gianforte on a campaign, Grill, Jacobs came into the room with his recorder and began to ask, Gianforte for a comment on the C. B. O. score. Gianforte declined to comment and referred to Jacobs to his spokesman.

But Jacobs maintained, and that is, if the situation is violent, according to witnesses.

Gianforte’s statement:

— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) 25. May 2017


The Fox News crew in the room, said Gianforte “grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands, and slammed him into the ground behind him.” Gianforte also perforated, and the reporter, according to witnesses.

In a statement, Gianforte campaign, which claims that Jacobs “aggressive, a block pushed flute” in the Republican candidate’s face and ” badgering asked questions.” The statement also said, Jacobs was asked to lower his recorder.

In the audio recording released of the incident, Gianforte does not belong, asks Jacobs to delete a recorder.

“Clearly, any time one of us see the witness of this attack, Jacobs show, any form of physical aggression against Gianforte, leave the area, after he statements to local Sheriff’s deputies,” Fox News ” reporter, Alicia Acuna, who witnessed the confrontation, said in your account.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that Jacobs was evaluated in an ambulance at the scene and then transported to a local hospital. As he left the hospital, his arm was in a sling, the newspaper said. Jacobs also spoke about the Band, and in subsequent interviews, the Gianforte broke his glasses.


In a statement, Gallatin Sheriff Brian Gootkin said the nature of Jacobs’ injury was enough to charge Gianforte accused with a criminal offence. Gootkin also admitted that he at $250 to Gianforte in March.

“This post has nothing to do with our investigation, which is now complete,” he said.

In what the Billings Gazette called “without precedent” and other Montana Newspapers of the dispute, withdrew their endorsements late Wednesday after.

Gianforte canceled a previously scheduled interview with Fox News scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Russian Gang

The Guardian reported in April that Gianforte has financial ties to several Russian companies — a controversial topic such as the F. B. I. is investigating the trump administration’s own ties to Russia.

Gianforte, according to the Guardian, has almost 250,000 dollars of stock in two index funds with significant holdings in the US-sanctioned Russian companies.

The Obama administration sanctions, to introduce the reports of the company, three years ago, the Associated Press.

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