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U.S. Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY) talks with Mrs. Ching Eikenberry, wife of U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry, during a dinner with Afghan Parliamentarians at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (S.K. Vemmer/Depart
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) has been haunted by campaign finance questions for months, and they may have finally caught up with him. On Friday afternoon, The Washington Post reported that the congressman has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Earlier in the afternoon, the congressman's lawyer had issued a statement revealing that the U.S. attorney in New York was preparing to indict him.

There are few details for now about what the indictment will contain, but past reporting about the investigations into Grimm's campaign fundraising give us clues. Politico writes: "The Justice Department was looking into Grimm’s relation with Ofer Biton, an Israeli citizen who pleaded guilty last year to a visa violation. Grimm—with Biton’s help—raised more than $500,000 from Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s followers, including alleged improper donations."

The New York Times has more:

The charges against Mr. Grimm, 44, a Republican who was first elected in 2010 and represents Staten Island and a portion of Brooklyn, will include mail fraud and wire fraud and focus on his conduct in connection with a health food restaurant he owned on the Upper East Side of Manhattan after he left the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2006, one of the people said.
The last time Grimm was in the national news was when he physically threatened a reporter in January. "I'll break you in half. Like a boy." And that was only the latest of Grimm's many outbursts.

Grimm's district (NY-11) covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. In 2012, President Obama carried it with 52 percent of the vote, so Grimm already was a Democratic target. He should be even more vulnerable now. His Democratic opponent is Domenic Recchia. New York's filing deadline just passed this Thursday, so it is too late for a primary challenge to materialize.

2:49 PM PT (David Jarman): There are several ways this scenario could play out, none of which bode well for the Republicans: with filing already closed, Grimm could run against Recchia while still under indictment, which would be a significant drag on his chances. Alternatively, Grimm could withdraw (either voluntarily, requiring him to ... get this ... either move out of state or accept a judgeship, under New York state law, or else involuntarily, if he's convicted before November), leaving the Staten Island and Brooklyn GOP committees to try to agree on a replacement candidate.

As you may recall from the amazing 2008 election following Vito Fossella's implosion, the two county committees don't agree on much of anything, creating the possibility of a compromise candidate nobody likes much. Either way, the Democrats' chances of picking up this swingy district (52-47 Obama in 2012 right after Hurricane Sandy; 51-48 McCain in 2008) are significantly improved, so we're moving this race from Likely Republican to Tossup.


Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 02:26 PM PDT.

Also republished by New York City and Daily Kos.

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  •  Grimm doesnt sound like he is dropping out (15+ / 0-)

    anyway.

    Part of his statement.

    Until then, he will continue to serve his constituents with the same dedication and tenacity that has characterized his lifetime of public service as a Member of Congress, Marine Corps combat veteran, and decorated FBI Special Agent," McGinley said.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/...

  •  I liked the bigamist Republican better. (14+ / 0-)

    That was the same seat, right?

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 02:33:29 PM PDT

  •  i highly doubt hes going to win re-election (7+ / 0-)

    after being indicted by the feds. the feds don't fool around with charging people, for the most part. So once hes indicted you can basically flip the seat to the Dems.

    •  district (4+ / 0-)
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      bear83, Gooserock, llbear, BethyNYC

      That's my childhood district--and it is full of second/third generation Americans who hate--people of color, people on welfare, people from Russia, people who speak different second languages than their parents.  Put another way--this isn't hip Brooklyn--this is North Dixie.  When unions held sway, Staten Island still voted against its own interest.  Never count out a Republican pig here.

      Actions speak louder than petitions.

      by melvynny on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 02:53:11 PM PDT

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    •  It's all about turnout. (2+ / 0-)
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      sidnora, MichaelNY

      And the problem is blacks and latinos in the North Shore of Staten Island never vote in the numbers they should.  Though they did come out for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

      The other thing to keep in mind is Grimm's strategy against Recchia is going to be to tar Grimm.  First by tying him to Bill deBlasio who has done nothing to make himself more popular in Staten Island.

      And second by just tarring Recchia in general.  Tie him to the Bloomberg property tax hike (like he did with McMahon in 2010).  And by tying him to Vito Lopez whose political machine he was part of.  Even giving money to Vito Lopez's Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council.

      The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

      by Taget on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 11:47:43 PM PDT

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      •  And being a carpetbagger. (2+ / 0-)
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        Taget, MichaelNY

        And being from Brooklyn rather than Staten Island (2 different issues there). And being in the pocket of the real-estate industry. Though that last might be more damning to us than to the typical voter of that district.

        I always felt that even with Recchia's big bankroll, DCCC support, and the district's registration numbers, taking this seat was going to be a bigger challenge than many other folks thought. Obviously this helps, but let's see who he's actually running against before we start crowing.

        Pretty funny, if you know Brooklyn politics, that they'll try to tie him to both Lopez (valid) and DeBlasio (a far reach).

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 05:01:17 AM PDT

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        •  People have repeatedly told him to move to SI. (2+ / 0-)
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          sidnora, MichaelNY

          All he really needs to do is change his voter registration address to one of his family members in Staten Island.  I mean it won't end the carpet bagging charges but it'll inoculation them enough.  Just like it did for our Congressman, Mike from Queens.

          Unfortunately I suspect Recchia is hedging his bets and doesn't want to do anything that will hurt his chances for running for his next office if he loses.  And that office would most probably be in Brooklyn.

          He also actually is vulnerable in Brooklyn for similar reasons.  Looking to run for office and burnish his Staten Island credentials he has been using his member items to dole out money to Staten Island causes.  Despite the fact his council district represents none of it.  People in Bay Ridge can rightly question why money that is supposed to be going for them is going to Staten Island... nevermind Vito Lopez.

          Recchia is no good government liberal.  No one will confused him with Nydia Velazquez.  But he does bring other advantages to the table.  Might not be a great speaker but he's a tireless one on one campaigner.  He can raise funds which is not be coughed at.  Advertising avalanches against overmatched candidates has helped move our races out of reach for us.  Time after time.  And he certainly can out-Italian Grimm.

          I'd rather we ran Savino, Cussick, or Titone.  But they weren't interested.  This is the best we have to work.  And certainly a hell of a lot better than Grimm.

          The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

          by Taget on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 07:33:24 AM PDT

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          •  Excellent analysis. (2+ / 0-)
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            I agree with every word.

            This is entirely hypothetical, but I do wonder whether any of the three alternatives you mention, were they to receive the kind of financial support Recchia's getting from the DCCC, would be considered as likely to win as he is. Of course they're not in his league as fundraisers, but they're all real Staten Islanders, and Cussick or Titone are certainly more esteemed by the local activist base, and so more likely to attract volunteers, than Recchia.

            I would have put Savino first, if she hadn't gone off into that little folie a quatre with her boyfriend.

            I have two friends who are Recchia's constituents. Neither can stand him, but both will be working hard for him this fall, as will I. Politics can be very, very strange.

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 08:12:53 AM PDT

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            •  None of those three are interested. (2+ / 0-)
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              MichaelNY, sidnora

              Cussick and McMahon are famous for feigning interest in running and holding back others from running until they decide which is always at the very last minute.  In 2012 the electeds actually went to the press saying it was irresponsible for the party to indicate they'd back Mark Murphy because they were still "deciding."  It was disgustingly egotistical. And a rotten thing to do when the clock was ticking and they weren't lifting a finger. They weren't running and just about everyone knew it.

              Recchia did the correct thing.  He announced early, started raising money, and told the other office holders if they wanted to do the same they were welcome.  But if not get out of his way.

              Recchia was not the first choice of the DCCC.  They wanted the Staten Island folks.  And after 2012 and all the Titone/Grimm voters Matt Titone is no longer seen as "too liberal" for Staten Island anymore.  Recchia became their choice because he went out and got the money and built himself a campaign.  Everyone else was waiting to be begged.  And begging them has proven a fool's errand in the past.

              The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

              by Taget on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 11:18:35 AM PDT

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              •  I hear you. (2+ / 0-)
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                and I remember that episode with Murphy, too.

                McMahon couldn't be bothered holding the seat even after we helped him win it. Lots of people refused to work for him in 2010 after he voted against the ACA, never thinking that he'd be part of the reason we'd lose the House. I'd have a very hard time supporting him again, even now when we need every Democratic vote there.

                I'd rather volunteer for Recchia. He is energetic, at least. I just wish he was from Staten Island. And i don't really think moving there would make a difference, they'd still call him a carpetbagger.

                "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

                by sidnora on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 04:24:05 PM PDT

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  •  Always glad to hear about a hypocritical... (8+ / 0-)

    law-breaking, badass-wannabe getting the comeuppance he deserves.

    And, Grimm potentially going to be behind bars soon is just icing on the cake.

    "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

    by markthshark on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 02:44:05 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the good news. (7+ / 0-)

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 02:44:24 PM PDT

  •  Couldn't happen to a more deserving Congressman. (17+ / 0-)

    If I did what he did to that newscaster, I would be thrown in jail.

    “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

    by KingofSpades on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 02:46:06 PM PDT

  •  Is there a work around? (1+ / 0-)
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    hnichols

    Anyone know NY election law well enough to know if there is a work around after the filing deadline? i.e., can the county parties hold a convention to nominate someone (like in Illinois), or can the state party step in? Is the GOP really SOL with this?

    •  They will get the Conservative (2+ / 0-)
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      Taget, sidnora

      Party to nominate him for a judgeship (or, perhaps, THEY will nominate him for a judgeship).  That gets him off the ballot for any other position.  Of course, he has to accede to that, so it has to be with his agreement.   THEN, they can select a new candidate.  Usually, there is a committee named in the petitioning process.  The committee has the authority to name a replacement candidate.

      I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. -- President Barack Obama

      by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 03:14:30 PM PDT

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  •  This district is VERY winnable (6+ / 0-)

    It's R+4, which would put it near the top of any Democratic target list in any event.  And Democrats have won here at other levels--Eliot Spitzer, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo and Kirsten Gillibrand all won big here in past years.

    Looks like it's time for a money bomb for Recchia ... donate here.

    "Leave us alone!" -Mike Capuano

    by Christian Dem in NC on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 02:59:00 PM PDT

    •  more like R+2 (7+ / 0-)

      The first man who, having enclosed a piece of land, took it into his head to say, "This is mine," and found people simple enough to believe him, was the true founder of civil society. - Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality Among Men

      by James Allen on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 03:16:36 PM PDT

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    •  Not as winnable as it looks. (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      Recchia's not a perfect candidate, either. For starters, he's from Brooklyn, not Staten Island. The islanders consider this seat theirs, and I couldn't tell you the last time an off-islander of either party held it.  

      For another, the Brooklyn part of the district, which was trending blue, was reconfigured in the last redistricting to make it more conservative. The Staten Island part of the district is also trending blue, but much of the Democratic strength lies along the north shore, among the AA and Latino communities, and turnout there is a challenge.

      Lastly, he's not popular among the city's Democratic activist community, being much more conservative than a typical NYC Democrat. This may present challenges in terms of recruiting volunteers, though I intend to work for him, and so do a good number of people I know. Even an imperfect Democrat would be an improvement in a district such as this one.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 05:21:55 AM PDT

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      •  It's probably going to take a conservative (3+ / 0-)
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        James Allen, sidnora, MichaelNY

        Democrat by NYC standards to win this district.  From what I know about NYC, this district is a classic Reagan Democrat district.  The way it looks, it's a matter of getting this race noticed outside of Staten Island.  And Recchia may have enough in the bank to do it--I remember reading that Recchia is sitting on a war chest of well over a million dollars.

        "Leave us alone!" -Mike Capuano

        by Christian Dem in NC on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 08:09:23 AM PDT

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        •  It can ONLY be a very conservative (0+ / 0-)

          Democrat in this district, but that doesn't negate the fact that his conservatism, as well as his close ties to the former (corrupt and horrible) Kings County (Brooklyn) Democratic Committee Chairman, make him distasteful to the reform activists who do a lot of the volunteering here. People will  still come out to work for him, but not the way they would for a more conventionally appealing candidate.

          Not sure what you mean about "getting this race noticed outside of Staten Island". Do you mean in the Brooklyn part of the district, in the rest of Brooklyn, or nationally? Staten Islanders are notoriously insular, and if they think they're being told how to vote by people in DC, they won't take that kindly.

          And yes, he's sitting on a big pile of money.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 08:34:14 AM PDT

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          •  Get it noticed in NYC at the very least (2+ / 0-)
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            MichaelNY, sidnora

            I figure if Recchia can build a strong enough ground operation, it could turn this race regardless of how Grimm's case plays out.  Remember, NYC has 12 districts--and 11 of them are safer-than-safe for the Democrats.  That adds up to a lot of people who are available to lend a hand.

            "Leave us alone!" -Mike Capuano

            by Christian Dem in NC on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 08:44:51 AM PDT

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            •  It has been noticed in NYC. (1+ / 0-)
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              MichaelNY

              It's the only game in town. But as I said, he is not popular in the Democratic activist community here. In Recchia, we're being asked to help someone who was a close ally of someone else that many of us spent close to a decade, and a lot of time and energy, trying to get rid of (which we finally did, last year).

              It's not as simple as saying that people from the other 11 districts should be turning out for him because they don't need to defend their own reps' seats (though there will be a highly noticeable and hotly contested primary in NY-13). Because the city's politics are so dominated by Democrats (and even more than usual now), most conflicts are not ideological, but rather between "good" Democrats (reformers) and "bad" Democrats (machine, and frequently corrupt).

               Recchia is emphatically a bad Democrat. We understand that even a bad Democrat is better than a Republican. I will be volunteering for him, as will a number of people I know. But some of them will be holding their noses as they do so.

              "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

              by sidnora on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 04:07:23 PM PDT

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  •  what is wrong with Americans? (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, llbear

    Every person at the top is seriously insane.

    Its sick.

    I am America (and so can you!) -Stephen Colbert psychological operations_(united_states)

    by Krush on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 03:03:20 PM PDT

    •  What's Wrong Is They Have No Important Say (2+ / 0-)
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      Krush, a2nite

      in their governance, per studies extending over decades.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 03:08:51 PM PDT

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    •  what is it with this district? (4+ / 0-)
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      Krush, MichaelNY, KyleinWA, sidnora

      The first man who, having enclosed a piece of land, took it into his head to say, "This is mine," and found people simple enough to believe him, was the true founder of civil society. - Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality Among Men

      by James Allen on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 03:17:45 PM PDT

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      •  It's weird, is what. (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

        Seriously, the geography is very odd, with the district being dominated by the far-more-insular Staten Island portion, with the Brooklyn portion as a pretty-much powerless appendix. There's a lot of resistance to voting for a Brooklynite on Staten Island, which goes beyond party allegiance, and since the bulk of the district's population is on Staten Island, they generally get their way.

        The other thing is that the Republican committee of Richmond (Staten Island) hasn't been well-organized in the past. Probably due to the arrogance that sets in when one party dominates for a long time. They are often left scrambling to field House candidates after arrests (Fossella), indictments(Grimm) and even deaths and family feuds, all occurring during active races.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 05:59:35 AM PDT

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        •  I don't think that explains why (2+ / 0-)
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          sidnora, MichaelNY

          it has given us both Fossella and Grimm, which is a lot of crazy in a short amount of time for one district.

          The first man who, having enclosed a piece of land, took it into his head to say, "This is mine," and found people simple enough to believe him, was the true founder of civil society. - Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality Among Men

          by James Allen on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 08:08:19 AM PDT

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          •  Perhaps I didn't emphasize (2+ / 0-)
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            sufficiently how screwed-up the Richmond County Republican Committee is. I tried to pull up some links from the 2008 race (which was won by a Dem) to give you an idea, but I couldn't find any live ones.

            In both of these cases, the crazy wasn't all that obvious from the start, and I guess the RCRC doesn't vet their candidates as though they were doing oppo research, which they should.

             Despite being a lazy and ineffective Congressman, Fossella was extremely popular until his personal life got exposed, and everyone expected him to sail to re-election. Grimm OTOH is far more corrupt than crazy. He's been under a cloud of suspicion almost since the day he took office. The throwing-the-reporter-off-the-balcony thing was just the icing on the cake. His campaign-finance strategy is what's really taking him down.

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 08:49:52 AM PDT

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          •  Different type of crazy. (2+ / 0-)
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            MichaelNY, ArkDem14

            Fossella was just a hypocrite who knocked up a girl he was having an affair with who wasn't his wife.  Something which happens more often than any of us would like.  And to his credit he did have the decency to make sure the kid was looked after and provided for.  Of course keeping all this from his wife and the public helped create a huge spectacle which brought his career to a grinding halt.

            Vito was chosen (starting at the local level) because he was part of Molinari's plan to take over the borough.  His family was BIG in the Staten Island Democratic Party with his uncle previously serving as a City Councilman and his father being on the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party.

            He was young, attractive, well spoken with a family pedigree in the Staten Island Democratic Party going back to at least his great-grandfather Congressman James O'Leary.

            Michael Grimm was someone Guy Molinari dug up because he was angry at the local party and decided to go against the guy they (and the national republicans at the time) were backing, Michael Allegretti.  He was probably some guy Guy had mutual business dealings with.  He was a guy from Queens plucked out of nowhere.

            But the common thread is Guy Molinari who has "questionable ethics" as his middle name.

            The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

            by Taget on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 11:35:19 AM PDT

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  •  for, not in (0+ / 0-)

    U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

  •  He does not have to accept (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, bythesea

    a judgeship, per se, to get off the ballot.  He merely needs to accept a nomination, from any party, major or minor, to run for a judgeship.

    I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. -- President Barack Obama

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 03:11:03 PM PDT

  •  Looks like Grimm was the unnamed (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    house member under investigation by the House Ethics committee that was reported on Tuesday.
    http://blogs.rollcall.com/...=

  •  Wow....He Was A Decorated FBI Agent! (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    That seems incompatible w/ his demeanor when he threatened to break the young reporter in half.  Maybe he should be remanded to an anger management specialist as part of his court case.

    His lawyer will probably have him pretty buttoned down when he's before the Justice Department, but I wouldn't want to run into this guy out in the hall.  

    •  He was not in the FBI very long. (2+ / 0-)
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      sidnora, MichaelNY

      And the reason why he was not in the FBI for very long is a subject of rumor.  He was probably better behaved as a congressman.

      The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

      by Taget on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 11:36:12 PM PDT

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  •  On the subject, what ever happened with (0+ / 0-)

    the allegations against michele Bachmann ?

  •  After Jolly?- Don't Count your "Blue" Chickens (1+ / 0-)
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    sidnora

    Even if Grimm still runs after indictment, and certainly, if he steps down, don't can't your "Blue" chickens before they're  hatched. It's turnout, turnout, turnout stupid!! And remember, the very conservative Staten Islanders will be like the R+1 Fla. 13th CD GOPers . They come  out while our base does its "suicidal thing" staying home. Staten Island is no Dem. "slam dunk." Koch and Rove will start pouring in funds like there is no tomorrow for any "R" candidate with a bare pulse. Get out for the Democrats here! For more on the Sink-Jolly race and its post-mortem as well as the Michigan and Colorado contests, read   this

  •  Was Grimm the only republican that.... (0+ / 0-)

    They got to go on that James Cameron environmental show on showtime?  

  •  Has Fox ID'd him as a Democrat yet? (2+ / 0-)
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  •  What I was waiting for Jimmy Oddo's reaction. (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, ArkDem14

    Most powerful Republican in Staten Island and current Borough President.  Has been fighting with Grimm's mentor Guy Molinari.  You might remember him refusing to say whether he'd back Michael Grimm if Vito Fossella were to mount a primary challenge.

    From today's Staten Island he gave this warm enthusiastic endorsement of Michael Grimm during his legal troubles.

    But GOP Borough President James Oddo, who has feuded with Grimm since that GOP primary, said, "I will show Michael Grimm's family more respect than he showed my parents last campaign season and say nothing more than he is entitled to his day in court."

    The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

    by Taget on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 11:43:06 AM PDT

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