A Texas woman arrested by the FBI and charged for allegedly funneling more than $10,000 in illegal contributions to Congressman Michael Grimm’s 2010 campaign was arraigned in federal court this afternoon.
Diana Durand, a close friend of Mr. Grimm–a lawyer for Ms. Durand wouldn’t confirm they had a romantic relationship, though media reports have described her as an ex-girlfriend–appeared briefly in a downtown Brooklyn courtroom, where she did not enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
Congressman Michael Grimm’s threats have been upstaged by faux-Congresswoman Sheila Kelly.
Saturday Night Live this weekend recreated Mr. Grimm’s now-infamous confrontation, in which the congressman threatened to throw an NY1 reporter off a balcony, in the form of a skit starring actress Melissa McCarthy.
Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm makes a great TV villain.
With his chiseled jaw, pretty eyes and growing record of unsavory behavior, he recalls the deliciously conniving Dr. Michael Mancini of Melrose Place.
But if Grimm wants lessons about handling the media, he should reach across the aisle to his fellow New York City representative, Charlie Rangel. As a gossip columnist, I investigated tips that the longtime Harlem congressman was keeping company in DC with a woman who was not his wife.
To engage with Mr. Rangel on the subject—really, to be managed by him—was one of the great pleasures of my professional career. It also prompted my favorite-ever quote from a public figure implicated in infidelity.
The Daily Show and its host, Jon Stewart, skewered Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm last night for threatening to throw a NY1 reporter off a balcony after the president’s State of the Union address earlier this week.
Congressman Michael Grimm called NY1 reporter Michael Scotto this morning to apologize for threatening to physically injure him after President Obama’s State of the Union address last night.
In an interview, Mr. Scotto told Politicker that Mr. Grimm called him around 10:45 a.m. to make amends for last night’s headline-grabbing eruption.
Strongly Worded Interviews
Mayor Bill de Blasio today called on Congressman Michael Grimm to apologize after the Staten Island lawmaker threatened to physically assault NY1 reporter Michael Scotto during an interview following the president’s State of the Union speech, according to an NY1 transcript of the exchange.
Elephant in the Room
Congressman Michael Grimm, reportedly under federal investigation after allegations of illegal campaign fund-raising, blew up and physically threatened a reporter tonight after the president’s State of the Union speech, according to NY1.
Troubled Bridge Over Water
Congressman Michael Grimm made his electoral pitch to Republican Party stalwarts in the city yesterday. His message: I’m all you’ve got.
Speaking to members of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club gather in the back room of an Irish pub in Carroll Gardens, Mr. Grimm stressed that he’s now the only GOP federal legislator elected in the heavily Democratic five boroughs, and asked for volunteers to help keep Democrats from winning a full sweep.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has faced relentless criticism after emails and texts surfaced suggesting that top aides shuttered lanes on the George Washington Bridge as an act of political revenge, but at least one New York politician has his back.
Give them points for creativity–even if it’s a tad childish.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee started a new Tumblr compiling things Republican Congressman Michael Grimm “could have done in 17 minutes”–a direct reference to the amount of time a New York Post report suggests Mr. Grimm recently spent in a bar bathroom having sex.