Indicted Rep. Grimm Seeks GOP Help to Stay on Ballot

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Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 11:16 PM

By Jason Devaney

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Rep. Michael Grimm, who was arrested and indicted Monday on 20 federal charges related to a New York City restaurant he owned, is reaching out to fellow party members about what to do next.

Grimm, a New York Republican who spent 15 years working for the FBI, has reportedly requested a meeting with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, according to Politico. McCarthy confirmed the request but said no meeting had taken place yet.

Grimm, 44, is expected to ask for one-on-one time with House Speaker John Boehner as well. In a letter to the speaker, Grimm announced his resignation from the House Financial Services Committee.

At the same time, New York Republicans are trying to figure out a way to get Grimm off the ballot for the November election and replace him with someone else. The state's deadline to add candidates to the race has passed, and Grimm is registered as he seeks a second term.

One way to get Grimm out of the race would be to nominate him for another office, such as a judgeship, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Staten Island GOP Chairman John Antoniello would not say definitively if Grimm would be nominated for a job as a judge.

"Let's say I do agree to that, which I'm not saying I would, there's no judgeships open. There's no judgeships that I know of on the ballot," Antoniello told the Journal.

Grimm's legal troubles stem from his alleged failure to report more than $1 million in sales and wages from a Manhattan restaurant he owned from 2007 to 2010.

He allegedly attempted to cover up his actions when he was sued by some former employees. He had been under investigation since 2012 for campaign finance violations, and that eventually turned up his failure to pay taxes from his restaurant.

If convicted, Grimm could spend up to 20 years in prison.

Grimm was already facing a $450,000 legal bill from the campaign finance investigation. Monday's indictment means that figure will only climb. According to Politico, Grimm will ask the House Ethics Committee for permission to open a legal defense fund.

House rules limit the amount of contributions to $5,000 from a single source.

Grimm's trial is expected to take place later this year, but it is unclear whether it will end before the November election. Regardless, he has vowed to remain in office and campaign for reelection.

"I will not abandon my post or the wonderful people who entrusted me to represent them. I have their backs and I know that they have mine. I will get right back to work as I always have," Grimm said Monday, as reported by Politico. "On top of all that, I have an election to win."

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