Romney Campaign Sends Mixed-Messages on Grimm

Mitt Romney's justice can come unexpectedly. (Photo: Getty)

Late last night, the New York Times reported Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign dropped one of their most prominent surrogates and earliest endorsers, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm. However, it seems no one affiliated with Mr. Romney’s campaign bothered to tell Mr. Grimm about his ouster before the news broke, possibly showing some inability to coordinate the reaches of their campaign apparatus.

Mr. Grimm’s office confirmed they still have not been contacted by the Romney campaign to cease surrogate operations. Mr. Romney’s campaign has yet to stop sending the messaging briefings to Mr. Grimm that they provide to their campaign surrogates and his campaign’s website still lists Mr. Grimm at the top of their New York endorsement.

Mr. Grimm, his supporters are quick to note, was the first Republican Congressman in the Northeast, after fellow Bay Stater Senator Scott Brown, when he was welcomed with open arms. He went on to become a prominent Romney surrogate in New York City and later New Hampshire, doing as many television interviews as possible.

However, Mr. Grimm’s status within the Romney campaign may have begun to slip when the New York Times published their first a damning article accusing him of engaging in illegal fundraising on the fundraising allegations. That story was quickly followed with another one digging into his business record. Mr. Romney’s national spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, did not give the Times a reason for his dismissal, but there can be little doubt it relates to the illegal fundraising allegations.

For his part, Mr. Grimm has fiercely denied the charges. His supporters are planning a rally this weekend on his behalf.

Romney Campaign Sends Mixed-Messages on Grimm