Rev. Erick Salgado, a socially conservative Democratic pastor who waged a colorful campaign for mayor last year, has his sights set on a new target: incumbent Republican Congressman Michael Grimm.
Mr. Salgado confirmed that he is considering challenging the congressman in a brief phone interview this afternoon.
Congressman Michael Grimm won the backing of the New York State Independence Party today, lending a crucial cushion for his re-election bid.
By netting the third party line, Mr. Grimm can win additional critical votes in what is expected to be a tight race against his Democratic challenger, former City Councilman Domenic Recchia, for the Staten Island and Brooklyn-based seat.
Vowing to combat partisan gridlock and conduct himself “honorably” in Washington, Domenic Recchia launched his congressional bid against incumbent Republican Representative Michael Grimm this afternoon.
Standing in front of his mother’s Staten Island home with dozens of supporters, Mr. Recchia, a Democrat and former Brooklyn councilman, made clear his playbook for his uphill challenge against Mr. Grimm: slam the Republican for his party’s perceived intransigence and highlight Mr. Grimm’s personal imbroglios.
Congressman Michael Grimm has a grim outlook on the new mayor.
The Staten Island Republican told radio host Geraldo Rivera today that he’s unsure Bill de Blasio is “ready for prime time.”
Elephant in the Room
Democrats have quickly seized on GOP Congressman Michael Grimm’s latest controversy after he physically threatened a NY 1 reporter during an interview last night.
Both Domenic Recchia, a former councilman challenging Mr. Grimm in this year’s election, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee piled onto Mr. Grimm this morning, releasing statements bashing him for his conduct.
Congressman Michael Grimm made his electoral pitch to Republican Party stalwarts in the city yesterday. His message: I’m all you’ve got.
Speaking to members of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club gathered in the back room of an Irish pub in Carroll Gardens, Mr. Grimm stressed that he’s now the only GOP federal legislator elected in the heavily Democratic five boroughs, and asked for volunteers to help keep Democrats from winning a full sweep.
In the escalating war of words between Republican Congressman Michael Grimm and his Democratic challenger, Councilman Domenic Recchia, the Republican is firing a new salvo: Mr. Recchia’s Brooklyn address.
In a statement released by his campaign today, Mr. Grimm, who hails from Staten Island, asked how Mr. Recchia can be trusted “to put Staten Island first” given his home address and voting record.
As next year’s race for Michael Grimm’s congressional seat heats up, the war of words has cooled a bit.
Six months ago, Mr. Grimm was blasting his Democratic challenger, Councilman Domenic Recchia, as a “pathetic political hack,” “complete empty suit” and “another hypocritical, career politician … void of an original thought,” but Mr. Grimm went with a tamer line of attack today.
Fire at will commander
Brooklyn Councilman Domenic Recchia, the latest Democrat trying to oust Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, outlined in frank detail his path to victory last night in front of a local Democratic club.
Mr. Recchia hopes to crush the Republican incumbent by winning the Democratic strongholds in the district, which includes Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. He’s relying on old-school identity politics, too.
Is he the chair of the City Council’s finance committee or a Sith Lord?
According to the campaign arm of House Republicans, it might be hard to tell with Domenic Recchia.