The Staten Island Conservative Party’s executive committee endorsed Democratic incumbent Rep. Michael McMahon in 2010, but with a new chairman and a new Republican incumbent, that’s not happening this time around.
Later this morning, Mr. Grimm will receive the endorsement of both the Brooklyn and Staten Island Conservative Parties, ensuring him a third ballot line along with the Independence Party. In 2010, the Brooklyn Conservatives were able to overrule their Staten Island counterparts’ attempt — spearheaded by Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro — to give their ballot line to the Democrat.
“I was thrilled to have the support of the NYS Conservative Party in 2010, and I’m thrilled to have it again,” Mr. Grimm said in a statement. “Throughout my first term in Congress, I have been working hard to do what’s best for the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn, without abandoning the core conservative values I hold dear.”
“I am pleased to once again endorse his election to the U.S. House of Representatives,” the State Conservative Party Chairman, Mike Long, added.
Mr. Grimm’s Democratic opponent is Mark Murphy, the son of former Rep. John Murphy and a former aide to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.