Greg Gianforte, the Republican congressional candidate who allegedly bodyslammed a reporter on the eve before a special election in Montana, has apologized for his actions - a day after saying he didn't do anything wrong.
Gallatin County authorities cited Gianforte for misdemeanor assault Wednesday night and he's scheduled to appear in county Justice Court by June 7.
Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault because there was no serious bodily injury, Gootkin said.
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Gianforte also campaigned with Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines, who tweeted Thursday that he does "not condone violence in any way" and that Gianforte "needs to apologize".
Trump won the state by 21 points in November.
Three of Montana's biggest newspapers pulled their endorsements of Gianforte but did not endorse an opponent.
In a victory speech he said he had "learned a lesson" and was "sorry".
"The Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee stands with Greg Gianforte", they said in a statement. Republican Greg Gianforte greets supporters at a hotel ballroom after winning Montana's sole congressional seat, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Bozeman, Mont.
"We are also sick and exhausted - of Gianforte's incessant attacks on the free press", the Helena Independent Record wrote.
"That's his model, Donald Trump", she said.
Quist ran a nontraditional populist campaign that saw appearances by Sen.
Gianforte campaigned as a gun-loving Montanan endorsed by the National Rifle Association to build his credibility among hunting enthusiasts and to motivate gun rights activists to vote. "The last guy who came in here did the same thing!"