Greg Gianforte’s campaigning was already facing a very tough competition from his Democratic opponent. Gianforte is Republican candidate for Montana‘s at-large Congressional district. Now as he is mired in a rather avoidable controversy, there are doubts that he will have an easy win as many thought earlier. Democratic candidate, a well-known country singer Rob Quist is giving him a very tough fight.
The latest round of controversy erupted when he reportedly “body slammed” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs and allegedly broke his glasses. A fellow journalist who was there on the occasion, Alixis Levinson of BuzzFeed News said that there was a loud thud. There was a “giant crash and saw Ben’s feet fly in the air as he hit the floor” Levinson later wrote.
There are doubts about Gianforte’s success now. Earlier his election looked a cakewalk of sorts. The businessman is married to Susan Gianforte for the last twenty years and have four children together.
Susan Gianforte is a businesswoman who has the distinction of running several businesses in the past. Daughter of German immigrants to, Susan was born in New York City. She studied New York and earned BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. She then went to California to get an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley but returned to New York to get an MBA from New York University.
Greg himself said, “My wife and I started our software company in the extra bedroom of our home with very little capital, and over the years, that business grew to be one of the state’s largest employers…In fact, as of last year, 40 percent of all the wage growth in the entire state occurred in Gallatin County.” She has worked with AT&T, KPMG/Nolan, Norton & Co., where she was in a senior position.
Susan has been against LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance. The couple has always talked of such measures claiming that they impact businesses. Susan was quoted as saying by Bozeman Daily Chronicle “Business owners don’t want a non-discrimination ordinance…afraid of being boycotted, picketed, trashed, sued and otherwise threatened”. The two have four children including three sons and a daughter.