Guy Molinari may be raging at Joe Lhota, but it doesn’t seem that anger has filtered up to the highest levels of the Staten Island Republican Party.
Mr. Molinari, a significant local power broker and a former borough president, unleashed on Mr. Lhota in the Staten Island Advance today, announcing he would withdraw his endorsement and instead back another Republican candidate, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, for mayor. Mr. Molinari said Mr. Lhota had not even returned his phone messages and thus was undeserving of his support.
“What the hell is going on?” Mr. Molinari charged. “They’re making me look bad. I still don’t have the courtesy of a stupid phone call.”
GOP Congressman Michael Grimm has been dogged by multiple controversies, but none are more notable than a federal investigation that, according to a New York Times report, likely stems from whether he illegally obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions during his first electoral effort in 2010. Mr. Grimm has steadfastly maintained his innocence and he has never been charged with wrongdoing, but questions remain as to what evidence spurred the probe.
One theory advanced was from Mr. Grimm’s political mentor, and occasional campaign spokesman, Guy Molinari, who has repeatedly accused Senator Chuck Schumer of “calling up” Attorney General Eric Holder and pushing the Department of Justice to investigate the Staten Island congressman, possibly as a political tactic to stop Mr. Grimm from running statewide someday.
Congressman Michael Grimm, one of Mitt Romney’s most vocal supporters, is no longer on his list of delegates for the Republican Convention, the Staten Island Advancereported this morning. Mr. Romney’s official list of delegates, reported last Tuesday by Capital Tonight, confirm this as well. Mr. Grimm has recently been facing allegations from the New York Times‘ sources that he engaged in criminal fundraising behavior. He has steadfastly denied the charges, but the controversy surrounding it might have been too much for the Romney campaign.
Mr. Grimm was the first GOP Congressman in New York State to endorse a presidential candidate and had subsequently emerged as one of Mr. Romney’s media surrogates, even traveling to New Hampshire and Florida to campaign on his behalf.