The Republican National Committee (RNC) scolded Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte in their statement announcing his victory in Thursday’s Montana special election.
Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Mitt Romney’s niece, did not even congratulate Gianforte on his victory, and only mentioned him at the end of her tersely worded statement.
Gianforte, a favorite among Trump supporters, garnered both Democratic and establishment Republican scorn during the campaign, which came to a fever pitch when Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs accused Gianforte of “bodyslamming” him at a campaign event Wednesday night. Gianforte and Jacobs offered different accounts of the incident, and eyewitnesses offered different accounts in turn.
“Tonight Montanans spoke and chose to send a conservative voice to Washinton. Once again, voters responded to President Trump’s call to protect the hard work this administration has done to reform a burdensome tax code, cut onerous regulations, and relieve hardworking taxpayers across the country from the rising costs of Obamacare,” McDaniel stated early Friday morning.
“Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte was right to apologize for his actions in Wednesday’s incident. Tonight’s apology was a good first step toward redemption and I hope Gianforte continues to work toward righting his wrong,” McDaniel said.
Not exactly celebratory.
Republican establishment figures including Bill Kristol and Ben Shapiro joined in the mainstream media’s condemnation of Gianforte. House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Gianforte to apologize prior to the election.
But despite the controversy, Gianforte’s Deplorable base came out in droves, handing him an easy victory with the help of his friend Don Trump Jr.
California Democrat Harley Rouda Has a Restraining Order Against Him- Filed by His Own Mother!
That’s a new one!
A California freshman Democrat has a restraining order filed against him- by his own mother!
Harley Rouda, who represents California’s 48th Congressional district, has had a restraining order filed against him by his mother, Marlese Rouda, since 2011. View the document here. Rogue Review first reported on the bizarre legal development on Tuesday.
Rouda is legally restrained from “directly or indirectly harassing, annoying, interfering with, harassing by telephone, assaulting, or doing bodily harm, to Defendant, Marlese N. Rouda…”
Maybe a restraining order from an ex-girlfriend or wife is one thing, but it’s somewhat of a legal novelty to have a restraining order filed against you by your own mother. The order was granted by a judge in a Franklin County, Ohio Court Division of Domestic Relations, so it’s likely he engaged in poor behavior of some kind against his own mother.
An earlier clause in the restraining order bars Rouda from selling, destroying or taking possession of any household property belonging to his mother, suggesting the order might’ve been granted after Harley Rouda stole or sold some of his mother’s possessions.
Rouda is a freshman Democrat running for reelection in the Orange County District against Republican Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel. California Republicans view the formerly red, now purple congressional seat as within their reach after a Republican retook the nearby 25th district in a special election earlier this year.
There might be some mothers who have second thoughts about voting for Rouda’s reelection, after finding out that he hasn’t exactly been the most loving son to his own mother.
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