Today’s news that federal authorities are close to charging Republican Congressman Michael Grimm serves as a sudden boost for his Democratic challenger, Domenic Recchia.
In a statement this evening, the former councilman said he would “continue to campaign hard” to defeat Mr. Grimm in the race for his swing district.
“In light if today’s news, it is important to let the federal authorities do their jobs and focus on this ongoing matter,” said Mr. Recchia.
“I’m going to continue my focus on ensuring that the people of Staten Island and South Brooklyn have a voice in Congress fighting for their needs. That’s why I entered this race, and the news today has not changed that endeavor,” he added. “I will continue to campaign hard and speak with voters about how I am going to fight for the middle class by creating jobs, offering better transportation options, and improving our schools.”
The race for the 11th Congressional District, which spans Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, had been expected to be one of the most competitive in the state and the nation, but reports today that Mr. Grimm will be indicted could dramatically tip the scales in Mr. Recchia favor.
But Mr. Grimm’s attorney, William McGinley, assured earlier today his client would be “vindicated” of the charges, which are expected to relate to “previous business dealings and alleged false statements he provided when questioned by the government about them,” according to CNN.
“From the beginning, the government has pursued a politically driven vendetta against Congressman Grimm and not an independent search for the truth. Congressman Grimm asserts his innocence of any wrongdoing. When the dust settles, he will be vindicated,” Mr. McGinley said in a statement. “Until then, he will continue to serve his constituents with the same dedication and tenacity that has characterized his lifetime of public service as a Member of Congress, Marine Corps combat veteran, and decorated FBI Special Agent.”