clear
Thursday October 19th, 2017 12:40PM

The Latest: Greg Gianforte keeps low profile; Montana votes

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the assault case against Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a Thursday special election. (all times local):

12 p.m.

The Montana congressional candidate accused of assaulting a reporter hasn't been seen or heard from Thursday as voters go to the polls.

Repeated phone calls to Greg Gianforte's cellphone went unreturned Thursday. Twice it sounded like someone picked up then immediately hung up.

His home in Bozeman is set back on property along the Gallatin River and isn't very visible from the road. Its gate was half-opened, with a sign thanking people for not trespassing.

People at Gianforte's campaign headquarters referred all questions to spokesman Shane Scanlon, who was not there. No one answered the door at Scanlon's home.

Gianforte has backed out of at least one planned television appearance. MSNBC's "MTP Daily" says he canceled on the show.

____

11:15 a.m.

Montana's Democratic governor is condemning a GOP House candidate charged with assaulting a journalist.

Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday it is "unsettling that Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a journalist and then lied, refusing to take responsibility for his actions."

Bullock defeated Gianforte in Montana's governor's race last fall.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday after an audio recording and eye witnesses appeared to describe him slamming a reporter for the Guardian to the ground.

Bullock says that no matter the outcome of Thursday's vote, "the actions of Gianforte do not reflect the values of Montana or its people."

Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are vying to replace Ryan Zinke, who vacated Montana's lone House seat to become U.S. interior secretary.

___

10:09 a.m.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the GOP House candidate in Montana charged with assaulting a reporter is "a wannabe Trump."

"That's his model, Donald Trump," Pelosi said of Greg Gianforte, the wealthy Republican running in Thursday's special election for Montana's sole House seat.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday after an audio recording and eye witnesses appeared to describe him slamming a reporter for the Guardian to the ground.

Ben Jacobs had been trying to question Gianforte about a new Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House health care bill. Gianforte's campaign accused Jacobs of "badgering."

Some House Republicans were not eager to comment Thursday morning but Pelosi said: "We've really got say enough. Behave. That was outrageous."

House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for Gianforte to apologize, saying "that's wrong and should not happen."

___

9:56 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for the Republican candidate in Montana's special House election to apologize after allegedly attacking a reporter and getting charged with assault.

Ryan says "that's wrong and should not happen."

But Ryan wouldn't say if Greg Gianforte should be barred from joining the House GOP conference if he wins Thursday's election. Instead Ryan said, "I'm gonna let the people of Montana decide who they want as their representative."

The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Congressman Steve Stivers, also weighed in Thursday. Stivers said: "From what I know of Greg Gianforte, this was totally out of character, but we all make mistakes."

___

9:20 a.m.

It's unclear how an alleged assault of a reporter by a Montana congressional candidate will affect the special election's outcome — in part because more than a third of the state's registered voters cast absentee ballots before polls opened Thursday.

Republican Greg Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly throwing a reporter for the Guardian to the ground at his campaign headquarters late Wednesday.

Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are seeking to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to become President Donald Trump's Interior secretary.

Montana's secretary of state's office says 37 percent of registered voters had returned absentee ballots as of Wednesday.

Montana has just over 699,000 registered voters.

___

8:40 a.m.

GOP lawmakers emerging from a closed-door caucus meeting on Capitol Hill on Thursday said they didn't know the facts about Republican Greg Gianforte being charged with misdemeanor assault.

A reporter from the Guardian accused the tech millionaire of slamming him to the ground and breaking his glasses in an altercation at Gianforte's campaign headquarters in Bozeman on Wednesday afternoon. The reporter had tried to ask Gianforte a question about the latest budget analysis of the GOP health care bill.

A few lawmakers did comment.

Asked if assaulting a reporter is appropriate behavior, California Rep. Duncan Hunter said, "Of course not. It's not appropriate behavior. Unless the reporter deserved it."

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer said he wasn't sure whether the incident would hurt or help Gianforte in Thursday's special election for the open House seat.

___

7:50 a.m.

The polls are open in a race for Montana's only congressional seat just hours after the front-running candidate was charged with beating up a reporter.

Republican Greg Gianforte has not appeared in public since he was charged with misdemeanor assault late Wednesday. A reporter from the Guardian accused the tech millionaire of slamming him to the ground and breaking his glasses in an altercation Wednesday afternoon at Gianforte's campaign headquarters in Bozeman.

Gianforte's camp issued a statement hours before the charge was filed disputing reporter Ben Jacobs' account. But an audio recording Jacobs made and a Fox News crew that witnessed the altercation back up Jacobs' version.

Three of Montana's biggest newspapers pulled their endorsements of Gianforte but did not endorse his opponents.

Jacobs told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he was doing his job and asking a question.

___

5 a.m.

The Guardian reporter who authorities say was assaulted by a Montana Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat says he never touched the politician before he was thrown to the ground.

Ben Jacobs told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he was doing his job and asking a question of candidate Greg Gianforte as part of covering Thursday's special election.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault. He's accused of grabbing Jacobs by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office Wednesday night. Gianforte's campaign blamed Jacobs, saying the reporter was being aggressive and grabbed Gianforte.

Jacobs said Thursday of Gianforte's account that "the only thing that is factually correct ... is my name and place of employment."

Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are seeking to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to join Trump's Cabinet as secretary of the Interior Department.

___

12:30 a.m.

Thursday's special election for Montana's sole congressional seat got a last-minute twist when the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Greg Gianforte was cited for grabbing a reporter by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office Wednesday night. The reporter, Ben Jacobs of The Guardian, was asking Gianforte about the Republican health care bill. Three Fox News employees witnessed the attack, which was also captured on an audio recording.

Gianforte's campaign blamed Jacobs for the incident.

Many voters cast their ballot early so it'll be hard to know the impact of the charge on the election results. Authorities said Jacobs' injuries weren't severe enough for a felony assault charge.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, AP National News, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General Presidential Election News, General House Election News, College Sports, AP Entertainment, AP Online TV News, AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Greg Gianforte keeps low profile; Montana votes
The Montana congressional candidate accused of assaulting a reporter hasn't been seen or heard from Thursday as voters go to the polls
3:22PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Troops pull out of Brazil capital; president under pressure
Brazil's president revoked an order on Thursday to deploy the military to the streets of the capital after criticism that the move was excessive and merely an effort to hold onto power amid increasing calls for his resignation
3:06PM ( 33 minutes ago )
Ex-tennis great avoids Qantas over same-sex marriage edict
Former tennis great and now Christian pastor Margaret Court says she will stop using Qantas "where possible" in protest over the Australian airline's promotion of same-sex marriage
3:00PM ( 40 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Boy struck on head by broken bat at Yankees game
A boy was struck on the head by Chris Carter's broken bat during the New York Yankees' game against Kansas City on Wednesday night
2:58PM ( 41 minutes ago )
LeBron: Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness
LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's list of accomplishments is simply personal motivation
2:52PM ( 47 minutes ago )
Royals-Yankees game postponed, rescheduled for Sept. 25
The scheduled game between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees has been postponed by rain
1:30PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
James says Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness
James says his chase of Jordan's accomplishments is about motivation, not greatness
1:00PM ( 2 hours ago )
Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says that guard Kyrie Irving's left ankle is feeling good in advance of Cleveland's Game 5 matchup with the Celtics
12:04PM ( 3 hours ago )
Cavs remain humble with chance to closeout Celtics in Game 5
On the cusp: Cavs can earn 3rd straight East title, NBA Finals berth with Game 5 win over Celtics
6:31PM ( 21 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
The Latest: Greg Gianforte keeps low profile, Montana votes
The Montana congressional candidate accused of assaulting a reporter hasn't been seen or heard from Thursday as voters go to the polls
2:06PM ( 1 hour ago )
NATO leaders meet under intense Trump pressure on spending
Leaders of NATO's 28 member countries came together under exceptional pressure to make the alliance tougher, sharper and relevant
1:57PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: May vents leak concerns to Trump at NATO summit
Prime Minister Theresa May has raised her concerns over alleged intelligence leaks from the Manchester bombing investigation with U.S. President Donald Trump
1:54PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Ryan: Lawmakers will meet new debt deadline
House Speaker Paul Ryan is assuring investors that Congress will meet a new deadline to increase the government's borrowing cap and avert an economy-quaking default on U.S. obligations
2:19PM ( 1 hour ago )
House GOP sticking with Montana candidate despite assault
House Republicans are sticking with their candidate in Montana's special House election even after he was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking a reporter
1:59PM ( 1 hour ago )
House speaker calls Erdogan visit violence 'indefensible'
House Speaker Paul Ryan says the violence against peaceful protesters by bodyguards for Turkey's president was "completely indefensible," and members of Congress are pressing the Trump administration for a more forceful U.S. response.
1:58PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
The Latest: Pelosi compares Montana candidate to president
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the GOP House candidate in Montana charged with assaulting a reporter is "a wannabe Trump." Montana is voting Thursday to fill its lone US House seat
12:19PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Paul Ryan: Montana candidate should apologize
House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for the Republican candidate in Montana's special House election to apologize after attacking a reporter and getting charged with assault
12:06PM ( 3 hours ago )
Brazil president revokes order deploying troops in capital
President Michel Temer has revoked an order to deploy the military in Brazil's capital in the wake of clashes between police and protesters demanding his resignation
11:50AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
The Latest: Trump omits defense pact in NATO speech
President Donald Trump makes no explicit mention of NATO's mutual defense pact as he speaks at ceremony unveiling memorial dedicated to it
11:17AM ( 4 hours ago )
The Latest: Trump lectures NATO members on cost sharing
President Donald Trump is lecturing members of the NATO alliance to pay their fair share on defense during a ceremony at NATO headquarters.
10:50AM ( 4 hours ago )
The Latest: Trump pledges to 'get to the bottom' of leaks
President Donald Trump is pledging to "get to the bottom" of leaks of sensitive information.
10:38AM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Elections
Trump to meet with anxious NATO and EU leaders
President Donald Trump will be in the heart of Europe to address a continent still reeling from his election and anxious about his support
12:10AM ( 15 hours ago )
Reporter alleges GOP hopeful Greg Gianforte body-slammed him
Witnesses said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat body-slammed a reporter Wednesday, the day before the polls close in the special election.
11:44PM ( 15 hours ago )
The Latest: Professor: Effect of Gianforte scuffle unclear
A political science professor at the University of Montana says it's unclear how Republican Greg Gianforte's physical confrontation with a newspaper reporter will play out in Thursday's special election for the state's sole House seat
11:33PM ( 16 hours ago )
General Presidential Election News
The Latest: Fox News says crew saw Gianforte attack reporter
Fox News says a crew saw Montana House candidate Greg Gianforte grab a Guardian reporter by neck and slam him to the ground
11:07PM ( 16 hours ago )
The Latest: Authorities plane to interview Greg Gianforte
Authorities plan to interview Republican candidate Greg Gianforte about his involvement in a physical altercation with a newspaper reporter the day before a special election for Montana's sole congressional seat
10:32PM ( 17 hours ago )
The Latest: Quist declines to comment on Gianforte scuffle
A spokeswoman for Democrat Rob Quist declined to comment about allegations that his opponent body slammed a reporter on the eve of a special election for Montana's sole congressional seat
10:01PM ( 17 hours ago )
General House Election News
Arizona State wins 8th NCAA women's golf title
Arizona State sticks a pitchfork in Northwestern to win NCAA women's golf title for 8th time
8:38PM ( 19 hours ago )
Pick 6: Gary, Evans, Sweat are defenders set to rise in '17
Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary, Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat or Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans could be college football's breakout defensive players this season
2:52AM ( 1 day ago )
Hoffman's goal helps Senators beat Penguins to force Game 7
Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins and force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals
1:14AM ( 1 day ago )
College Sports
NBC's live 'Bye Bye Birdie' pushed from December to 2018
NBC is saying bye-bye this year to its tradition of an annual live holiday musical
2:52PM ( 48 minutes ago )
After Manchester attack, Aerosmith still on European tour
Though others are canceling events and concerts after the terror attacks at a Ariana Grande concert in England, Aerosmith have decided to still perform
2:48PM ( 51 minutes ago )
Memoir from dancer David Hallberg coming in November
David Hallberg is working on a memoir about his rise from childhood bullying victim to principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet
1:45PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Entertainment
From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads
Famous figures from entertainment, politics and business are giving commencement speeches at colleges across the country
4:21AM ( 11 hours ago )
Media mogul Jerry Perenchio dies in LA at 86
Jerry Perenchio, a billionaire media mogul who helped produce hit TV shows and sporting events and turned Univision into a major Spanish-language network, has died at 86
9:57PM ( 17 hours ago )
Fox moves to dismiss lawsuit by ex-host Andrea Tantaros
Fox News has struck back against a lawsuit by ex-host Andrea Tantaros, asking a federal court to throw out the case because one of the charges was a sham
2:52PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online TV News
Landslide on California highway part of $1 billion in damage
A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage.
10:25PM ( 1 day ago )
Hundreds honor Montana sheriff deputy killed in line of duty
A Montana sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty last week was remembered as family man, a man of faith and a dedicated public servant who could be tough when he needed to be but still played dolls with his daughter
10:08PM ( 1 day ago )
Experts: Traveler should have drawn scrutiny before flight
Experts say a man acted strangely long before trying to get to the front of a plane heading to Hawaii, but a lack of communication and an airline's hesitancy to be caught on video booting a passenger could have played a role in allowing him to fly
8:11PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
Troops pull out of Brazil capital; president under pressure
Brazil's president revoked an order on Thursday to deploy the military to the streets of the capital after criticism that the move was excessive and merely an effort to hold onto power amid increasing calls for his resignation
3:06PM ( 33 minutes ago )
Ex-tennis great avoids Qantas over same-sex marriage edict
Former tennis great and now Christian pastor Margaret Court says she will stop using Qantas "where possible" in protest over the Australian airline's promotion of same-sex marriage
3:00PM ( 40 minutes ago )
Boy struck on head by broken bat at Yankees game
A boy was struck on the head by Chris Carter's broken bat during the New York Yankees' game against Kansas City on Wednesday night
2:58PM ( 42 minutes ago )
G-7 leaders seek common ground after seismic shifts
G-7 leaders will be looking to build trust as they seek common ground after a year of seismic shifts in global politics.
2:57PM ( 43 minutes ago )
LeBron: Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness
LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's list of accomplishments is simply personal motivation
2:52PM ( 48 minutes ago )