Staten Island’s Michael Grimm emerged from obscurity two years ago to win a seat in Congress based in part on his compelling personal narrative. Mr. Grimm is a former Marine and a onetime FBI agent. At a time of national anxiety over global terrorism, he was able to address security issues based on his experience and expertise.
But Mr. Grimm’s clean-cut persona has taken a hit in recent weeks amid reports of fund-raising irregularities that should attract the attention of his onetime colleagues in law enforcement. The allegations, it should be noted, concern not just his campaign’s actions, but Mr. Grimm’s personal contacts, fund-raising methods and slippery business practices.
On it Goes
Last week’s New Yorker magazine featured an article about Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm getting into an altercation at a club back when Grimm, then an FBI agent, took his gun out and ordered all the white people there to leave.
Later, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio called on Grimm to urge the NYPD Read More
He Said / He Said
New Yorker writer Evan Ratliff defends his story about Rep. Michael Grimm, after the congressman gave his account to the Staten Island Advance editorial board.
Grimm also made some puzzling new assertions to the Advance. He said that Williams “instituted a lawsuit claiming damages of a million dollars.” The amount claimed, according to court Read More
Meet the Public
A woman who was not permitted to enter Rep. Grimm’s town hall meeting on Staten Island last night said organizers told her the reason was because she “hadn’t been screened, for security” and “were invoking images of [Rep. Gabby] Giffords, the woman that was shot, and 9/11.”
The woman, Terry McLeod, made the allegations Read More
Meet the Public
New York City’s only Repubilcan congressman, freshman Michael Grimm, got a mixed reaction from the crowd in Brooklyn last night, thanks to his vote in favor of the Republican budget plan that severely cut back spending on social programs like Medicaid and Medicare.
“Get it all out Get it all out,” Read More
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio wants files surrounding Congressman Michael Grimm’s altercation at a Queens night club a decade ago to be release, after detailed allegations surfaced in The New Yorker this week.
In a public statement, de Blasio — who once considered running for that seat — said “Congressman Grimm has an Read More
Rep. Michael Grimm demonstrates how he used his gun at nightclub back in 1999.
Obama NYC: Third visit in under a month; talks at Waldorf, Corzine’s home at Roots concert. [Celeste Katz and Erin Einhorn]
Michael Grimm: Demonstrates how to move gun from ankle to waist; calls allegations against him detailed in Read More
Meet the Public
Days after denying detailed allegations of using a gun and menacing club goers with a gun once when he was an FBI agent, Rep. Michael Grimm will face his constituents in two town hall meetings this week.
Both were scheduled weeks before the New Yorker‘s report. Tomorrow’s town hall is in Brooklyn (7301 Ft. Hamilton Read More
Rep. Michael Grimm speaks to the GOP conference on April 7, 2011. (photo credit: flickr.com/photos/republicanconference)
Michael Grimm: Accused of waiving his gun and acting menacingly, at a night club. [Evan Ratliff]
Michael Grimm: “[T]he previously unreported news that Grimm had been investigated internally for allegedly Read More
Evan Ratliff at the New Yorker digs up details about an incident involving Michael Grimm, a gun and a night club back in July 1999, before he was a congressman and just an an FBI agent.
Recently, in his Washington office, Grimm told me that he’d been jumped by his date’s husband Read More