Staten Island’s Republican Party may be in turmoil, but GOP mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota said he’s confident he’ll still win them over.
“I am,” Mr. Lhota said yesterday at the Brooklyn Young Republican Club when asked about his confidence in earning the entity’s support. “I am very comfortable in my position with the leadership on Staten Island.”
Congressman Michael Grimm called ads against him placed on the Staten Island Ferry, “smear tactics,” “disgusting,” and “politics at its worst” in a statement sent to The Politickertoday. The advertisements, which were purchased by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, focused on reports of a possible FBI investigation into Mr. Grimm’s fundraising. Mr. Grimm described the campaign as evidence the allegations of illegal fundraising being made against him are politically motivated.
“This brings credence to our call that this is political from the beginning,” Mr. Grimm said. “The people of Staten Island and Brooklyn know I have been fighting hard for them and I have the record to prove it, which is why the DCCC must resort to smear tactics.”