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Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

House GOP sticking with Montana candidate despite assault


Pelosi said it should be up to Ryan and House Republicans as to whether to accept Gianforte in their conference if he wins.

Jacobs reported the incident to the police. "It's not about me", Jacobs said.

"We are also sick and exhausted", the Independent Record's retraction stated, "of Gianforte's incessant attacks on the free press".

Gianforte was in a private office preparing for an interview with Fox News when Jacobs came in without permission, campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said.

Republicans have held its lone House seat for two decades and President Donald Trump won the state by 20 points in 2016.

A campaign statement read in part, "After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined".

Leading Republicans criticised Greg Gianforte on Thursday, the morning after the Republican candidate in Montana's special congressional election was given a court date and citation for allegedly assaulting a reporter. He has been charged with misdemeanor assault after the Wednesday night incident involving reporter Ben Jacobs of the Guardian.

Jacobs was heard in the audio asking Gianforte a question about the cost estimate the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released earlier in the day of the House-passed health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare before the altercation transpired.

"The action is unacceptable, it's incumbent upon all of us to call an ace and ace", Sanford said.

"Democracy can not exist without a free press, and both concepts are under attack by Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte", the Independent Record wrote, citing other incidents when Gianforte has criticized the media.

Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Thursday he thought the behavior was not acceptable but that Gianforte's future was a matter for Montana voters.

Tina Olechowski says Quist was making the rounds across the state to thank volunteers and was on his way to Missoula on Wednesday when the altercation involving Republican Greg Gianforte happened.

Republican Senator Steve Daines from Montana said in a tweet that Mr Gianforte "needs to apologize".

The crew "watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of 'I'm sick and exhausted of this!'" Acuna wrote.

Acuna said that Jacobs "scrambled to his knees and said something about his glasses being broken".

It would also give Democrats grassroots momentum heading into two special House elections for Republican-held seats next month, in Georgia and SC.

"Get the hell out of here", Gianforte exclaimed during the scuffle with Jacobs, after being pressed on health care.

It was unclear if Gianforte's assault had an impact on the vote.

It's the Gianforte incident in Montana that suddenly inserted this subject into American's social media news feeds. Gianforte's campaign blamed Jacobs, saying the reporter was being aggressive and grabbed Gianforte. In 2006, the Democratic nominee for governor of Minnesota lost a close race after accusing a reporter who asked tough questions of being "a Republican whore". According to an audiotape and three eyewitnesses from Fox News, the candidate reacted violently only a few seconds into the conversation. Absentee ballots have already been cast before the incident, and are likely to be considerable as any voter can vote by absentee ballot, while voters voting on the issues that affect them are unlikely to be dissuaded by a fight with a beltway reporter.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin made the announcement in a written statement shortly before midnight on Wednesday, about six hours after the attack on reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian. Authorities said Jacobs' injuries weren't severe enough for a felony assault charge.

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