Greg Gianforte, the billionaire businessman who is the Republican congressional candidate in Montana special election is accused of pushing a reporter. The election is expected to be rather very tough and Greg Gianforte is facing a tough fight from democrat Rob Quist.
The latest controversy is going to be exploited by Greg Gianforte’s opponents and may play a significant role in deciding the final outcome of the election.
Reports suggest that Greg Gianforte got into a physical altercation with a Guardian reporter. A CNN report says that in audio recording posted by the London based Guardian newspaper, reporter Ben Jacobs can be heard asking Gianforte a question about health care — in the wake of the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis released Wednesday afternoon. Gianforte deflects the question. Jacobs asks again, insistently but, at least by my ears, politely. A scuffle can be heard and then a crash.
The Republican candidate can be clearly heard in the recording, yelling at the reporter. “Sick and tired of you guys…Get the hell out of here” he says, to which Guardian reporter responds saying, “You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses.”
This is a controversy that he cannot really skirt so easily and will play a role in the final outcome of the election. The 56-year-old Gianforte is a businessman, with a net worth estimated to be in the millions of dollars. Gianforte is also the co-founder of RightNow Technologies, which he founded with his wife, Susan. The couple have been married since 1989 and have four children. Last year, Gianforte gained national attention by running for Montana’s governor. Even though Trump won the state with over 55 percent of the vote and Zinke easily won re-election, Gianforte failed to beat incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock.
Meanwhile, his spokesperson, Shane Scanlon, has released Gianforte’s version of what happened. “Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions…Jacobs was asked to leave. After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ” said Shane Scanlon.