Okay here it is, the disconcerting news. The Montanan republican candidate Greg Gianforte is the projected winner of the special elections held on May 25, 2017 to replace the vacated congressional seat of Ryan Zinke, the current Secretary of the Interior. So, the former MMA fighter, tech millionaire from New Jersey who body slammed the Guardian reporter, Ben Jacobs on 5/24/17 for daring to ask him questions regarding the CBO numbers for the recently passed health care bill passed by the US House of Republicans is who the Montanan voters have selected as their preferred candidate over the Democratic candidate and singing cowboy, Rob Quist.
As per witnesses from FOX TV, the reporter did nothing to provoke this assault. The republican candidate Gregg Gianforte was charged by police for misdemeanor assault after he had publicly disseminated a “fake news” story blaming the news reporter for initiating the attack.
Because most Montanans had already early voted , it was expected that the republican candidate would still win despite the negative news and the three major local newspapers having reversed their endorsements in his favor.
Here is the rest of the story…
On 5/26/17, Lauren Fox of CNN News penned the following report, “Republican Greg Gianforte wins Montana special election, CNN projects.”
“Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana’s open US House seat, CNN projects, defeating Democrat Rob Quist and capping off a whirlwind final 36 hours of the campaign that saw Gianforte being charged for allegedly assaulting a reporter.”
“In his acceptance speech, Gianforte apologized by name to Ben Jacobs, the Guardian reporter who accused the Republican of “body-slamming” him and breaking his glasses.
“Members of the supportive crowd shouted, “You’re forgiven.”
“The congressional race in Montana pitted two diametrically opposed candidates against one another. Gianforte: an articulate millionaire and tech entrepreneur who sold his company RightNow Technologies to Oracle in 2012 for $1.8 billion. Quist: a first-time candidate and Montana folk singer who’d amassed moderate Montana fame in the 1970s as a member of the Mission Mountain Wood Band.”