Congressman Michael Grimm, who is facing a 20-count federal indictment on wire fraud, tax evasion and a slew of other charges, says he’s actually a lucky guy.
Speaking on Geraldo Rivera’s WABC talk show this morning, Mr. Grimm told the radio host–who has repeatedly and passionately defended the embattled Republican congressman in the wake of his latest scandal–that he was simply fortunate to represent his constituents.
“The support has been overwhelming,” he said. “In all sincerity, I am one of the most–strange, it might sound bizarre–but I really am one of the luckiest members of Congress. And I say that I because I have salt-of-the-earth people in my district. Staten Island and southwest Brooklyn are just goodhearted, hardworking, regular, everyday people.”
Mr. Grimm went on to argue that many people in his district, hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, are facing worse circumstances than his own.
“I’m holding up well. Obviously it’s a horrific thing. I wouldn’t wish it on my enemies. But I’m doing rather well. One of the things that I try to do when I have a tough time with anything–whatever it may be–is just look at someone else’s situation. Here in Staten Island, look, I have people that have children that haven’t been back in their home for 18 months after Sandy. They lost every worldly possession,” he said.
Their circumstances, he said, keeps things in perspective.
“I have people coming to me every day, coming to my office, with life-threatening diseases–life-threatening diseases!–and they were dropped from their health care because of the Affordable Care Act,” he further claimed, citing his military service as another reason to continue pushing forward. “When you put it into perspective, I’m doing rather well. Obviously it’s unpleasant. But the big thing that I do is I just get right back to work.”
As far his election, Mr. Grimm, who has fiercely maintained his innocence, predicted that the charges would not sink his candidacy against his Democratic challenger, former City Councilman Domenic Recchia.
“Listen, I’m going to fight these charges all the way and I’m going to win my election,” Mr. Grimm replied when asked what his internal polling shows for the race. “This is not the first time I’ve had a lot on my plate.”
Listen to the full segment below: