Gianforte Spent August Hiding from Montanans but Still Couldn’t Avoid Controversy
Helena — August recess is generally a time for members of Congress to return home and hear from their constituents. Congressman Gianforte chose to do things slightly differently, making himself scarce and refusing to answer the important questions that continue to dog his time in office.
However, if Gianforte was able to hide from Montanans, he didn’t manage to hide from controversy. In the last 35 days, he lost his fight for preferential legal treatment, was booked at the Gallatin County jail for his assault conviction, had a challenger file to run against him in 2018 and at least one other float a potential candidacy, and he broke his courtroom promise to the reporter he assaulted, raising more questions about his honesty and setting off a national firestorm.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of some stories Gianforte earned during August recess, and ultimately, it raises the question:
At what point does Gianforte’s inability to move past his controversy and his unwillingness to shoot straight with Montanans render him incapable of doing his job?
- ABC: US Press Freedom Tracker launches with donation from 'body-slamming' congressman
- Wired: A CRUCIAL NEW SITE TRACKS ATTACKS ON PRESS IN THE US
- MTN: Billings attorney entering U.S. House race against Gianforte
- Lee Newspapers: Democratic Billings lawyer, business owner says he's running for U.S. House seat
- Associated Press: 1st Montana Democrat announces bid against US Rep. Gianforte
- Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Judge orders Gianforte to take mugshot, fingerprints
- Montana Public Radio: Judge Orders Mugshot, Fingerprints For Rep Gianforte
- MTN: Gianforte ordered to have mugshot and fingerprints taken for assault charge
- Associated Press: Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte must have mug shot, fingerprints taken, judge orders
- The Guardian: Greg Gianforte to get mugshot and fingerprints recording his assault case
- Washington Post: The Guardian: We expect Rep. Gianforte ‘to be a man of his word’
- MTN: Gianforte fingerprinted, photographed for assault charge – but pix not a public record
- Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Congressman Gianforte complies with court order, provides mugshot at Gallatin County jail
- Associated Press: Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte photographed, fingerprinted after assault conviction
- Huffington Post: Montana Congressman Who Body-Slammed Reporter Booked Into Jail For Fingerprints
- Billings Gazette: Greg Gianforte’s mugshot isn’t confidential and should be released
- Lee Newspapers: Guardian reporter Jacobs criticizes Gianforte for not doing on-the-record interview
- CNN: Body-slammed reporter wants to know why Rep. Gianforte still won't grant interview
- Great Falls Tribune: Reporter says Gianforte avoiding promise to meet
- Washington Post: Body-slamming congressman Greg Gianforte might as well get his awkward interview over with
- The Hill: Gianforte fundraising pitch: 'We are just coming off a bruising campaign'
- The Guardian: 'Body-slam' congressman Greg Gianforte reneges on promise of Guardian interview
- Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Local state legislator considers bid for 2018 congressional seat