Morning Politics: ‘Not Saying It’s Gotta Be Michael Grimm’

Today's Metro.

Today’s Metro.

Headline of the Day: “US Attorney Not the First to Raise Questions About ‘Healthalicious.'”

“Beyond the mechanics and politics of the case,” Bloomberg Businessweek writes on Congressman Michael Grimm‘s legal woes, “the Grimm indictment serves as a window into the world of employers who pay workers under the table. It’s a stratagem with obvious appeal, letting business owners report lower revenue, limiting income taxes, and lower wages, reducing employer contributions.”

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis told the Staten Island Advance that while she might have interest in Mr. Grimm’s seat if it were open, she did not reach out to the NRCC, as the New York Post reported: “‘I have not reached out to them, they have not reached out to me,’ she said. The NRCC confirmed that, saying the Post report was ‘false.'”

Appearing on Staten Island for the first time since Mr. Grimm’s indictment, Democrat Domenic Recchia stuck to his talking points. “The people of Staten Island and South Brooklyn deserve better,” he told the Staten Island Advance. “They’re getting a hard worker, who is a family man, whose wife is a public school teacher, I have three children, I know what the families are going through.”

“I’m back to work doing what the people pay me to do: represent them. So that’s what’s gonna continue going forward,” Mr. Grimm, on Capitol Hill, told CNN. However, the publication reports that while Mr. Grimm “says he’s back to work, he was not seen at the weekly House GOP conference on Tuesday–a meeting he typically attends.”

The NRCC booted Mr. Grimm from it’s “Patriot Program” and disinvited him to a May fund-raiser, the Daily News reports. Locally, The Wall Street Journal reports that Republicans are looking at the not-so-easy possibility of replacing Mr. Grimm. “I’m not saying it’s gotta be Michael Grimm but to have a Republican in Congress from New York City is really important,” said the state’s GOP chair, Ed Cox.

In non-Grimm news, “New York City’s share of poor people appears to have plateaued since the recession, at 21.4 percent, with more people working in 2012 than the year before, but at lower wages, according to a new city study,” The New York Times reports. “But under a broader definition of poverty that the city applies, the picture remains grim for a far larger number of New Yorkers.”

“We’re not unrealistic about what a city can do,” First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris told the Times. “But after four years, we’ll be asking whether our interventions were effective in changing what would have been the course of poverty in New York. What would the city have looked like had we not made those interventions?”