Kathleen Williams Wins Democratic Nod to Challenge Gianforte in Montana
Gianforte is running for his first full term after winning special election last year

Kathleen Williams won the Democratic nod to challenge GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte, above, in Montana. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former state Rep. Kathleen Williams won the Democratic nomination for Montana’s at-large House seat Tuesday.

Williams will take on Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte, who’s running for his first full term in November after being elected in a May 2017 special election

Cramer ‘Trending’ Toward Senate Run After Trump Meeting
Would face Heitkamp, considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the Senate

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., met Tuesday with President Donald Trump, who is urging him to get in the Senate race against Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After meeting Tuesday with President Donald Trump, North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer said he’s “trending” toward challenging Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp this year.

“It was certainly a persuasive case that the president had made, and I appreciate the time and thoughts for this and appreciate his knowledge of North Dakota,” Cramer told KFYR-TV.

Guardian Reporter Says Gianforte Reneged on Promised Interview
Ben Jacobs says at least efforts to ‘avoid answering any questions from me have been non-violent’

Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., during a swearing in ceremony in the Capitol before the actual event on the House floor in June. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Judge Gives Gianforte Until Sept. 15 to Have Mugshot Taken
Democrats can’t wait to see it

Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., pled guilty to assaulting a reporter on the eve of his special election win. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A judge ordered that Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte be fingerprinted and photographed by Sept. 15 in relation to his assault of a journalist earlier this year. 

Judge Rick West ordered that the Republican report to a jail in Bozeman to be booked for his assault charge, The Associated Press reported.

DCCC Ad Hits Gianforte Over Responsibility for Assault
Asks why congressman hasn’t addressed why he changed his story

A new ad by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee questions whether Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte has taken responsibility for his altercation with a reporter. (DCCC via YouTube)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released an ad Friday criticizing Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte for initially blaming a reporter he assaulted for their altercation and calling for him to resign.

The day before the special election in May to fill Montana’s open House seat, Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs tweeted that the Republican candidate had “body-slammed” him. 

Gianforte Gets First Challenger
John Heenan is a former consumer protection lawyer

Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., shown here being sworn in in June, is being challenged by Billings attorney John Heenan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte got his first Democratic challenger for the 2018 midterm election on Monday when attorney John Heenan announced his candidacy.

Heenan said he plans to use his experience as a consumer protection lawyer and focus on access to “quality, affordable health care” in Washington, the Spokesman Review reported

Gianforte to Fulfill Community Service With Montana Nonprofit
Comes as part of his sentence for assaulting a journalist

Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., has until Nov. 28 to complete his court-ordered community service. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Race Rating: 2018 Montana At-Large Race Starts as Leans Republican
Gianforte not in immediate danger of losing re-election

Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte is a favorite for re-election next year. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

It’s not good to start your tenure in Congress with a misdemeanor assault charge, but that’s where Republican Greg Gianforte finds himself. It also doesn’t mean he is immediately and automatically vulnerable in 2018.

On May 25, Gianforte won a special election to replace Republican Ryan Zinke (who vacated his seat to become secretary of the Interior) in a race that received some national attention but went viral after an altercation between the candidate and a reporter resulted in assault body-slamming allegations and formal charges. Gianforte pleaded guilty on June 12 and narrowly avoided a few days in jail with 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counseling.

Judge Changes Gianforte Sentence After Giving Him Four Days
Montana Republican pleaded guilty to assaulting reporter on eve of House election

Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte will face no jail time. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

Montana Republican Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte will serve no jail time for his assault of a journalist but will do community service and undergo anger management counseling.

Gallatin County Judge Judge Rick West initially sentenced Gianforte to four days in jail, but then changed the sentence to 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management. Gianforte will also have to pay $385 in fees.

Gianforte to Plead Monday
Newly elected Montana congressman will face sentencing the same day

Republican Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte is expected to plead either guilty or no contest on Monday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

Montana’s incoming Rep. Greg Gianforte is expected to make a plea on Monday to misdemeanor assault charges over his body-slamming of a reporter the day before his election last month.

Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert told Reuters Gianforte is also expected to be sentenced that same day.