Don't Call it a Comeback
That was fast.
Several hours after the New York Post published a report in which former Republican Congressman Vito Fossella claimed “significant people” had asked him to run again for his old seat–even though an incumbent member of his party, Michael Grimm, currently holds it–the Grimm campaign is out with a fiery response.
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.
Congressman Jerry Nadler wants the lone Republican in the city’s Congressional delegation to get lost.
Speaking at an immigration reform rally this morning, Mr. Nadler took aim at Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, whom advocates charge has not done enough to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Although the mayor’s race has drawn most of the media coverage ahead of the upcoming November election, Republican comptroller hopeful John Burnett is also chugging along and trying to make the case for his uphill candidacy.
Give them points for creativity–even if it’s a tad childish.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee started a new Tumblr compiling things Republican Congressman Michael Grimm “could have done in 17 minutes”–a direct reference to the amount of time a New York Post report suggests Mr. Grimm recently spent in a bar bathroom having sex.
Congressman Michael Grimm is rejecting reports suggesting he had sex in the bathroom of a Brooklyn wine bar right before the Washington shutdown began two weeks ago.
Mr. Grimm reportedly spent an unusually long time in the bathroom of The Owl’s Head in Bay Ridge–pegged by the New York Post at 17 minutes–with an unidentified woman. But Mr. Grimm, who is single, flat-out denied the accusation that anything inappropriate occurred.
Rock You Like a Hurricane
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.
Republican Congressman Michael Grimm is not a fan of Bill de Blasio’s Hurricane Sandy recovery plan.
Yesterday, Bill de Blasio outlined a plan to use federal Sandy recovery money to fix some of the “greater wrongs” of the city by creating living-wage jobs, affordable housing and community health care sites in areas hard-hit by the storm–aspirations that touch on many of the Democratic mayoral nominee’s campaign themes.
Raging against libertarian-minded presidential hopefuls is normally the territory of Long Island Congressman Pete King, but this morning, Staten Island’s Michael Grimm stepped up to the plate, labeling Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s comments regarding Hurricane Sandy aid “disgraceful” and “simply moronic.”