GOP Senator: Grimm Needs ‘Dollars, Dollars, Dollars’ to Defeat Domenic Recchia

Martin Golden last night warned Republicans of Domenic Recchia's deep-pocketed challenge to Michael Grimm.

Martin Golden, center, with Michael Grimm beside him (Twitter: Martin Golden).
State Senator Martin Golden, center, with Congressman Michael Grimm beside him (Twitter: Martin Golden).

State Senator Martin Golden, a Brooklyn Republican, last night told a crowd of supporters of indicted GOP Congressman Michael Grimm that it would take “dollars, dollars, dollars” to fight the well-funded candidacy of Mr. Grimm’s rival, former Councilman Domenic Recchia Jr.

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Mr. Golden addressed the 50-strong crowd at Mama Rao’s Cucina restaurant in Brooklyn, and warned of a impending wave of Recchia outreach, funded out of the Brooklyn Democrat’s $1.3 million war chest.

“You’re going to hear it. They’re going to be knocking on doors. They’re going to be out there spending money,” he said. “They got people going door-to-door, they got mail pieces going out.”

The answer, the senator said, was to donate to Mr. Grimm’s re-election effort.

“Dollars, dollars, dollars! That’s what we need to combat what is going on right now,” Mr. Golden continued. “We need Michael Grimm!”

Mr. Golden also echoed the Grimm campaign’s call for Mayor Bill de Blasio, a liberal Democrat, to campaign for Mr. Recchia in the right-leaning district, which comprises all of Staten Island and a good chunk of Mr. Golden’s southern Brooklyn turf.

“We want de Blasio in Staten Island! We want him there!” he shouted, to the audience’s applause.

Mr. de Blasio is backing Mr. Recchia, and yesterday predicted the Democrat would topple the troubled incumbent.

The crowd last night did not include the congressman himself, who was reportedly detained due to a vote in Washington D.C. As of the July filing deadline, Mr. Grimm had $1.1 million cash-on-hand, but also $438,000 in unpaid legal bills, stemming from an ongoing federal probe into the financing of his first campaign in 2010 and a 20-count federal indictment for allegedly hiring undocumented immigrants at a restaurant he owned prior to his election.

Mr. Grimm’s national fund-raising sources evaporated after his arrest in April, and in June and July raised only an anemic $23,430–compared to Mr. Recchia’s $261,963 haul. (Mr. Grimm pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.)

No figures were immediately available on how much Mr. Grimm’s camp raised last night. The campaigns will file their financial totals again next month.

Mr. Golden himself faces a relatively weak Democratic challenger this year, James Kemmerer, who has attacked the senator for holding the fund-raiser for Mr. Grimm.

GOP Senator: Grimm Needs ‘Dollars, Dollars, Dollars’ to Defeat Domenic Recchia