Rep. Grimm: Media Out to Destroy Me

Image: Rep. Grimm: Media Out to Destroy Me

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 06:56 AM

By Elliot Jager

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Embattled Republican Rep. Michael Grimm, pursuing re-election despite a 20-count federal indictment, accused the media of vilifying him, according to Politico.

"There's no question I've been vilified by the press since the day I got here," the New York Republican told Politico. "From the very beginning they had to figure out how to get rid of this guy."

Grimm has had to stop campaign fund raising though he does have $1.1 million in his war chest. There is not enough money to run television ads. His campaign manager quit so Grimm has become his own campaign manager, according to Politico.

Republican leaders on his home base of Staten Island and on Capitol Hill have refused to support his re-election. His Democratic opponent, former New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia, is no longer considered the underdog in the race, Politico reported.

Grimm acknowledged that he was mistaken to threaten a local television reporter on camera earlier this year who had asked him about his legal troubles. "My misstep with Michael Scotto, that's on me. I screwed up."

He said he felt Scotto had taken a "cheap shot" by raising the issue in the first place when there were more important topics of interest to his constituents to discuss.

Grimm explained his "aggressive" persona by the need to advocate for his district. "Staten Island gets screwed all the time. And if I'm not aggressive, then I won't be successful. That's not being a bad boy. That's doing my job."

He said that he could manage without television campaign spots. "I just got to do what I do, and get out there and meet my friends and neighbors," he told Politico.

At a series of recent campaign stops Grimm was surrounded by supportive constituents who encouraged him to stay in the race. Supporters earlier this month held a parade for Grimm that extended for eight blocks and included motorcycle riders, according to NY1 News.

The criminal charges against the congressman stem from 2007 to 2010 before he was elected when he held a stake in a fast-food Manhattan restaurant. The government alleges that he hid $1 million in sales and wages, employed illegal aliens and committed perjury.

Grimm has pleaded not guilty, is out on bail, and said he expected to exonerated.

Meanwhile, Grimm doesn't plan to change his approach. "My style, granted, is to break eggs, to step on toes," he told Politico. "I didn't take this job to make a political future or career."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Tea Party Anger May Cost Sen. Pat Roberts His Re-Election

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 21:16 PM

Sen. Pat Roberts' re-election reportedly could be in grave danger if tea party supporters decide Wednesday to sit out th . . .

Paul Ryan on Presidency: If Romney Runs in 2016, I Won't

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 20:52 PM

Rep. Paul Ryan says he won't join the 2016 presidential race if Mitt Romney decides to run. The Wisconsin Republican rev . . .

Kassebaum Baker: Voters Have Lost Confidence in Sen. Pat Roberts

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 19:50 PM

Former veteran Kansas Republican Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker refused to film a campaign television ad for GOP incumbent S . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved