Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm was one of the first Republican House Members anywhere in the Northeast to endorse a Republican presidential nominee, and the Congressman remains 100% behind his choice — former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney – as tonight’s critical Iowa caucus vote approaches.
“I think it will be a very big day for Governor Mitt Romney,” Congressman Grimm boldly predicted in an interview. “People are starting to accept the fact that he has the experience and he’s the only one who can beat Barack Obama. I’m hoping that this is the beginning of the wave.”
“I’m excited,” he further added. “I feel real, real good about it.”
On the other top presidential contenders in Iowa, Congressman Ron Paul and former Senator Rick Santorum, Congressman Grimm was far less positive.
“I think Ron Paul’s ignorance on the subject of Iran is intolerable and dangerous,” Congressman Grimm said of his isolationist House colleague. “I just can’t support his views when it comes to our foreign policy. He just wants to put his head in the sand.” Grimm’s feeling are echoed by New York City’s one other Republican Congressman, Bob Turner, who has said that every potential nominee except Congressman Paul would be an acceptable GOP candidate to take on President Obama.
Although not as overtly critical of former Senator Rick Santorum, Congressman Grimm also found him lacking. ”I think that Rick Santorum is a little too polarizing,” he explained. “He’ll rally the conservative base, but he’d alienate independents, and that’s not what this country needs right now.”
The vast majority of New York’s GOP establishment who’ve endorsed in the Republican presidential primary have also gotten behind Mr. Romney’s candidacy, including a swath of elected officials and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. The former Massachusetts Governor has also been raising hoards of campaign contributions from New York’s many wealthy Republican donors.
The congressman himself can’t be accused of understating the importance of the overall 2012 presidential contest. “I feel that this is one of the most important elections in my lifetime,” he said. “If not history.”