The reporter, Ben Jacobs of The Guardian, had his glasses broken and his elbow injured in the attack after asking Gianforte his take on yesterday's CBO report on the effects of the AHCA, recently passed by House Republicans. The same reporter had previously reported on candidate Gianforte's $250,000 investment in Rosneft and Gazprom, Russian energy concerns currently under sanction by the US, which may have precipitated some held over anger for candidate Gianforte. The GOP House candidate was charged overnight for assault by the County Sheriff who had previously given him a $250 campaign donation. All three major Montana newspapers had endorsed Gianforte withdrew their endorsements after report of the incident. The incident of confrontation devolving into violence was recorded on audio by the Mr. Jacobs, and widely disseminated. A spokesman for the candidate issued a statement basically blaming the "liberal" reporter for initiating aggressive contact with candidate Gianforte.
The charges of assault were filed after three Fox News reporters on the scene working for Bret Baier's program "Special Report" supported the account of Mr. Jacobs and directly contradicted the candidate's PR flack's official statement. The election, happening today in Montana, has been running close with Gianforte polling ahead of the Democratic candidate Robbie Quist in a state that 45 won by 20% points. It should be interesting to see how and if this election eve weirdness will affect the ballot outcome.
Edited by yadda yadda, 25 May 2017 - 06:03 AM.