Elephant in the Room
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 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.
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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.
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.
Last year, Mark Murphy ran a sharply negative campaign against Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm that focused on an ongoing federal investigation into the incumbent’s 2010 fundraising efforts. The drumbeat was relentless; Mr. Murphy held regular press conferences about the investigation, worked it into his everyday messaging and even sent out direct mail with a faux mugshot of Mr. Grimm’s face on it. Despite these intense attacks, Mr. Murphy went on to lose 46 percent to 53 percent to the Republican Mr. Grimm in a swing district narrowly carried by President Barack Obama.
Councilman Domenic Recchia, who is planning to take on Mr. Grimm next year, is charting a different course for his campaign.
“Listen, I don’t get involved with people’s private lives,” Mr. Recchia told us as we sat down outside his government office earlier today. “This is not about Michael Grimm and his personal life, what he might have done or might not have done. I don’t know. This is about myself running for Congress to support the people of Staten Island and southern Brooklyn so I can really help them.”
Last Friday night, all of the candidates for local office gathered for the Richmond County American Legion Political Forum. “The candidates were contacted by letter in August, and follow-up e-mails were sent in September and early October to each, asking for confirmation of attendance,” Ted Cohen, an organizer of the event, explained in an email. “Positive responses were received from almost every candidate. There was one notable exception.”
Mark Murphy, the Democratic candidate against freshman GOP Rep. Michael Grimm, did not attend. “I find it a bit disturbing that a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives would ignore an invitation from an important Veterans organization in his district,” Mr. Cohen continued in the letter, which can be found in full below.
Democratic congressional hopeful Mark Murphy is releasing an internal poll this afternoon that his campaign says gives him a path to victory against incumbent Congressman Michael Grimm. The numbers give Mr. Grimm a 48 percent to 36 percent lead, which represents a decent amount of ground he needs to make up by Election Day.
“This is a very encouraging poll for Mark Murphy. Congressman Grimm starts below the 50 percent mark—a sign of weakness for an incumbent,” Jeffrey Plaut, whose firm Global Strategy Group conducted the poll, said in a statement. ”Short introductions to both candidates move the race to a tie. And the more voters hear about Grimm and the questionable company he keeps, the more they prefer Murphy.”