Greg Gianforte: A look at the newly-elected Montana Congressman accused of having attacked a reporter

Republican Greg Gianforte won Montana’s special house election on Thursday — just a day after he was accused of, to a journalist.

Gianforte beat his opponents with more than 24,000 votes out of nearly 270,000 ballots.

His victory came on the heels of the controversy, according to Gianforte accused was physically, have attacked a reporter who tried to ask him about the house GOP health care legislation. Gianforte, The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, grabbed by the neck and slammed him to the ground at a campaign event on may 24, according to Fox News’ eye-witness report.

Greg Gianforte just the body hit me and broke my glasses

— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017

The Gallatin County Sheriff ‘ s Office quoted Gianforte with a misdemeanor assault. He must appear before the court, which is 7. In June, a county clerk told Fox News.

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

Running as a Republican, Gianforte won the Montana special house, the choice of 25 to replace Ryan Zinke, the Secretariat of the new Interior Department. He ran against Democrat Rob Quist, a progressive cowboy-musicians, with the support of Vermont sen. Bernie Sanders.


Although he had the backing of the White house, Gianforte gave himself in the last week before the vote that “this race is closer than it should be.” And after his dispute with The Guardian reporter, it was unclear whether Gianforte assault could have free reign of voters at the last moment.

But about a third of the electorate had voted early with absentee ballot before the incident and still others said it did not change your mind.

After his victory, Gianforte took the opportunity to excuse up to the confrontation and.

To have “if you make a mistake, you are up to it. The way to the Montana,” he said. “Last night, I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can’t take them back, and I’m not proud of what happened. I shouldn’t have replied in the way that I have, and for that I am sorry. Should I not be treated, the reporters, the way, and for that I am sorry, Mr Ben Jacobs.”

‘Body-slamming” incident

On may 24, when Fox News ” was the crew setting up for an interview with Gianforte on a campaign, Grill, Jacobs came into the room with his recorder and questions began to Gianforte for comment on the Congressional Budget Office, the cost of the estimate of the house health legislation. 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.


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.

Gianforte’s statement:

— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) 25. May 2017

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.

Some lawmakers, including the house Republicans, called Gianforte to apologize after the quarrel, but a lot of GOP members of Congress stopped short of questions of Montanari to the suspension of his campaign as a whole.

“There’s never a prompt to violent confrontations,” Ryan told reporters during his weekly press conference. “This is wrong and it shouldn’t have happened.”

“I think he should apologize,” he added.

If convicted, Gianforte can face a fine of up to six months in prison or pay a fine of $ 500.


In what the Billings Gazette called “without precedent” and the other Montana Newspapers are their comments moved to the dispute.

Gianforte canceled a previously scheduled interview with Fox News scheduled for the day of the election.

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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