Congressman Michael Grimm will report raising enough to have just over $1 million cash on hand, Politicker has learned. As New York City Congressional campaigns can be extremely expensive, the fundraising tally places a heavy marker down as the Republican Representative seeks his second term in the House.
Although it’s not immediately clear how much he raised since his last filing, where he reported $630,000 on hand, a source familiar with the Congressman’s fundraising said it was substantial. “He came off his best quarter yet. His support is certainly growing and getting stronger.”
Both national and local Democrats have been recently escalating their campaigns to defeat the Congressman.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the electoral arm of the House Democrats, regularly peppers the Republican Representative with attacks and placed the district on its official watch list yesterday afternoon. And Mr. Grimm’s likely Democratic opponent, Mark Murphy, announced has campaign last night while directly taking aim at the incumbent in his speech.
A spokeswoman for Mr. Grimm indicated that he isn’t especially concerned with who his Democratic opponent will be. “He remains concerned with doing what’s best for the people he represents in Staten Island and Brooklyn, whether it be fighting for jobs, a stronger economy, or overturning the Port Authority’s outrageous toll hikes.”