Published May 25, 2017
BILLINGS, MONTANA – On Thursday, Montana voters go to the polls in a special congressional election where eight percent of the vote are American Indians. The special election will fill the seat that was vacated by Ryan Zinke when he resigned to become secretary of the Interior.
On Wednesday night, the GOP cadidate for the special congressional election, Greg Gianforte, was accused of body slamming, Ben Jacobs, a reporter from the Guardian after the Jacobs asked him a question about Trumpcare.
Other reporters in the room at the time of the incident report that Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck and slam him to the ground. Jacobs was taken to the hospital for observation and was later released. A local sheriff in Montana said he would refer the case to a prosecutor to see if charges should be brought against the Republican congressional candidate.
Last year, as a Republican candidate for Montana governor, Gianforte told the Billings Gazette: “The way for Montana’s American Indian reservations to escape poverty is through the free market, but the shortcomings of tribal governments are preventing businesses from flourishing.”
Gianforte faces Democrat Rob Quist, a musician from Creston, and Libertarian Mark Wicks, a mail carrier from Inverness.