Speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan said on Thursday that Greg Gianforte, the house GOP-candidate charged with a reporter, you should apologize, but added that it is now up to the voters in Montana, whether you have him as your representative in Congress.
“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,” Ryan added.
The incident occurred when a Fox News team was scheduled to interview with Gianforte in his campaign headquarters. The team said Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, pressed Gianforte about the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act.
Gianforte Jacobs said to talk to his press Secretary. At some point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands, and slammed him into the ground, according to witnesses.
The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that it accused of probable cause to issue a citation, but the type of injuries that “do not meet the statutory elements of a criminal offense.”
If he is found guilty, Gianforte faces a $ 500 fine and up to 6 months in prison.
Gianforte, a former software Manager, had the slight edge over his Democratic Challenger, Rob Quist, a country music-to fill in performer, the choice of the vacant house seat leading up to Thursday. The majority of the voters were expected to have cast their ballots already by the early voting, so it is unclear how much Wednesday, the events on election results.
The democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it would start, how many Facebook ads as possible about the incident, targeting Montana Democratic voters, the no vote on Thursday. The Committee also said that Gianforte has to stop the race and the Republican party should publicly denounce him.
Three of Monatana’s largest Newspapers – The Missoulian, the Billings Gazette and the Independent record company withdrew their support from the Gianforte, according to an audio recording of the encounter went viral.
The editorial in the Billings Gazette wrote, “We endanger been supported Gianforte, because he said he was ready to listen, to take the difficult questions. Everything he said was wiped out by his surprising actions, recorded, and testified Wednesday.”
Gianforte had planned, on “America’s News Headquarters” with Sandra Smith at 2 o’clock, but a representative for a candidate who said he would not do it, no national interviews following the Wednesday incident.