Hard times in NY-11

posted at 1:01 pm on April 26, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Here’s some news which is probably coming as no surprise to any politico watchers in New York, but will have Democrats looking for a ray of hope in an otherwise dismal campaign cycle. Reports from insiders – now confirmed by the Congressman’s office – indicate that Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY11) will be indicted next week on a variety of charges related to campaign finance irregularities.

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) has been secretly indicted by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn, according to people familiar with the case. The indictment is expected to be unsealed in the coming days.

A person briefed on the case said Grimm was indicted by a grand jury empaneled by the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn and that his attorney had been in talks with prosecutors. Grimm’s attorney, William McGinley, confirmed in a phone call Friday that he had been informed of the pending indictment.

He declined to comment beyond a separate written statement that said: “We are disappointed by the government’s decision, but hardly surprised. From the beginning, the government has pursued a politically driven vendetta against Congressman Grimm and not an independent search for the truth. Congressman Grimm asserts his innocence of any wrongdoing.”

McGinley added that “when the dust settles” Grimm “will be vindicated.” Until then, Grimm plans to continue serving in Congress, McGinley said.

Talks about these allegations began roughly five minutes after Grimm originally located the rest rooms and his parking spot in Washington following his initial 2010 victory. The local press has had a field day with the various charges and arrests – including Grimm’s former girlfriend – which have swirled around him, without ever seeming to come to a level of directly connecting him. But it would appear that the Feds now feel they’ve got the goods and are ready to move forward.

Maybe it’s coincidence (insert your own joke here) but the timing of this news couldn’t be better for the Democrats. The filing deadline for the race in the 11th has already passed. Should this develop into a situation where Grimm either had to step down or was so exposed and injured that he couldn’t possibly prevail, the GOP might still be forced to either run him anyway or allow the Democrats to run for the seat unopposed. It’s not unheard of that, upon appropriate petition, a court could step in and allow the Republican party leaders from the area to put up another candidate, but that’s not a sure thing.

The 11th, encompassing Staten Island and a bit of the South end of Brooklyn, is a real melting pot which I visit periodically. There are a large number of neighborhoods which break down sharply along ethnic lines. (The current district is new as of the last census. Most of this area was previously the 13th.) It’s the only “safe” GOP seat in all of New York City proper, and the Democrats would dearly love to knock Grimm off. And if this plays out anywhere near as poorly as it looks, they just might get their chance, as Doug Mataconis explains.

Assuming the rumors are true, Grimm is, of course, innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Politically speaking, though, there are few things worse than a pending Federal indictment in an election year. Even if Grimm survives the legal claims, he may not survive politically.

There’s no telling how solid the case against Grimm is, and there is certainly motive aplenty for there to be some political push behind this. But at the same time, there’s been so much smoke swirling around this story for two years that the prosecutors must feel that they’ve finally found some fire under it.


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Like a boy!

steebo77 on April 26, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I am going to wait and see what the deal is, before total speculation.

upinak on April 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

If his name was RANGEL this would be good for a few more votes.

dirtseller on April 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Facts to evolve. Wait and see…but it might be too late…the “see” might happen after the election.

Holder on a squirrel hunt?

Never trust thugs, never.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 1:10 PM

And Harry Reid just gets richer and richer.

Cindy Munford on April 26, 2014 at 1:12 PM

CNN at last has a new nonstop story to replace MH370!

slickwillie2001 on April 26, 2014 at 1:13 PM

If his name was RANGEL this would be good for a few more votes.

dirtseller on April 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Just remember, Jefferson with his 90K in a freezer, was eventually prosecuted. This could be just a grasping of straws due to the liberals living in Jersey who hate republicans, and can’t get their political feelings out of Jury Duty.

upinak on April 26, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Uh, can we have a trial before the gallows? Just spitballing here.

platypus on April 26, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Uh, can we have a trial before the gallows? Just spitballing here.

platypus on April 26, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Geez, you’re no fun.

upinak on April 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Harry Reid diverted $20K of campaign money to his daughter last year. Not a word from the press or the Feds. That is Obama’s America.

pat on April 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Even if there turns out to be substance, it’s just evidence of how obscene so-called “campaign finance reform” really is. Let people donate what they want and just make it public (“Amy S.” For example for public records).

And even if there turns out to be something to the investigation and allegations, the timing is blatantly political.

Asurea on April 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Meanwhile your taxes pay the tax-preparers to market obama’care’.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

My suspicions are that Michael Grimm is guilty of something, BUT . . . . . those responsible for bringing the charges against him, deliberately delayed the indictment, for the reasons Jazz cited above.
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But either way, I’m NOT for “throwing-him-under-the-bus” until he has his full day(s) in court.

listens2glenn on April 26, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Save me the tears… this guy attacked Ted Cruz when Cruz was filibustering Obamacare. Glad he is gone. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out

tcufrog on April 26, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Forgive me for being skeptical. The Dems are well known for targeting people. They didn’t get away with it with Christie so they will be trying others. Funny they never indict people like Rangle the most obvious crook they have.

crankyoldlady on April 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Meanwhile your taxes pay the tax-preparers to market obama’care’.
Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I’m not seeing that in the story you linked. What I am seeing is a private company is taking advantage of øcare to make money. I’m not seeing a government program specifically financing or subsidizing preparers to market it.

Asurea on April 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM

And OFA praised him for his outspoken climate change support. That is the type of Republican we are dealing with here.

tdarrington on April 26, 2014 at 1:34 PM

The indictment caught me totally by surprise and, knowing no details, I cannot comment on its propriety. But I can say that in a city filled with crooked Democrats including Sharpton and Rangel, it seems odd that the only indictment forthcoming of a white Republican who looks like The Beaver.

MaiDee on April 26, 2014 at 1:36 PM

It’s not unheard of that, upon appropriate petition, a court could step in and allow the Republican party leaders from the area to put up another candidate, but that’s not a sure thing.

That’s only for Democrats. Republicans have to actually follow the law.

SAZMD on April 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Second part of Harry Reid’s thuggery.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Just the one?

Donate to this man now.

EvilMonk on April 26, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Doug Mataconis is correct that Grimm is toast politically. If he was a Democrat he’d still be a shoe in. Example Charlie Rangel

simkeith on April 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM

So which of you potzers live in his district?
Yeah. Figures. Take your crap out of my house. We’ll vote the Devil Himself as long as he comes from th Rock.

TC@LeatherPenguin on April 26, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Perhaps he should just mount a “Ted Stevens” offense against the DoJ?

Another Drew on April 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Good riddance. He’s been going in RINO overdrive lately probably in anticipation of this. The GOP can do better in that district.

cdog0613 on April 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Indicted. “Like a boy”

BobMbx on April 26, 2014 at 2:04 PM

This idiot was running around screaming that a government shutdown would close the national parks, which was the worst thing in the world, according to him. Don’t let the door hit ya, Grimm.

Hat Trick on April 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I’ve never cared much for this guy. He’s been a Peter King cheerleader for a while, and I can’t stand Peter King.

KickandSwimMom on April 26, 2014 at 2:38 PM

He’s such a hottie though.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2014 at 2:39 PM

He simply did it as an act of love. Amnesty for Michael Grimm!

Norace on April 26, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I’m sure an indictment will be forthcoming on Harry Reid and if there is smoke around Grimm, there must be a forest fire around Tax Cheat Rangel.

TinFin on April 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Harry Reid diverted $20K of campaign money to his daughter last year. Not a word from the press or the Feds. That is Obama’s America.

pat on April 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

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Just for the sake of accuracy… $31,000, and Hairy Reid was even dismissive about that amount, saying,

“Asked Wednesday whether the decision to reimburse his campaign was an acknowledgement of impropriety, Mr. Reid said, “No, in fact, it wasn’t.”

“We complied with all the rules,” he said.

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Yeah, like we believe that out of you, Mumbles.

ExpressoBold on April 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM

He’s such a hottie though.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2014 at 2:39 PM

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I would say there’s not a Republican bone in your body but… I could be wrong about that.

ExpressoBold on April 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Is this the same idiot who threatened to toss a reporter over the side of the Capitol dome after an interview?

Meh. If this guy cheated – I’m all for him getting his @ss kicked out. But let’s not stop with him.

Hill60 on April 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

There’s no telling how solid the case against Grimm is, and there is certainly motive aplenty for there to be some political push behind this. But at the same time, there’s been so much smoke swirling around this story for two years that the prosecutors must feel that they’ve finally found some fire under it.

It’s not about the conviction, it’s about using the DoJ to smear candidates until after the elections. They did it in VA to deter Republicans against Terry McAuliffe at the same time Vincent Gray’s dirty as hell and he has yet to be indicted on his campaign from four years ago even though virtually everybody connected to that campaign is in jail. This is definitely one of those times when the D and R matters.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

But at the same time, there’s been so much smoke swirling around this story for two years that the prosecutors must feel that they’ve finally found some fire under it.

Yeah, because those Democrat prosecutors are only after the truth, right?

Hey, maybe the guy is guilty, maybe not. From I read of the case, the girlfriend says he knew nothing about what she was doing. Who knows?

But when Democrats are involved in ANYTHING, I suspect foul play. They are evil, criminal, traitorous scum, every single one of them.

Adjoran on April 26, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Am I supposed to give a crap because he has an “R” next to his name?

Guess again, clownfish.

Meanwhile …

So which of you potzers live in his district? Yeah. Figures. Take your crap out of my house. We’ll vote the Devil Himself as long as he comes from th Rock.

TC@LeatherPenguin on April 26, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Can we get a translator over here? I mean, is a “leather penguin” some kinda San Fransissy sex toy or something? And “potzer”? Doesn’t a Silesian grandmother make those for Sunday dinner?

M240H on April 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Am I supposed to give a crap because he has an “R” next to his name?

Guess again, clownfish.

Meanwhile …

So which of you potzers live in his district? Yeah. Figures. Take your crap out of my house. We’ll vote the Devil Himself as long as he comes from th Rock.

TC@LeatherPenguin on April 26, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Can we get a translator over here? I mean, is a “leather penguin” some kinda San Fransissy sex toy or something? And “potzer”? Doesn’t a Silesian grandmother make those for Sunday dinner?

M240H on April 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Paging Andy Cooper, Andy Cooper…

slickwillie2001 on April 26, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Guy seems like a punk.

J.B. Say on April 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Grimm is a punk. A Rino punk at that. Good riddance. Be honest and run as a Dem next time.

Exninja on April 26, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Not sure why everyone here is whining about this rino being indicted. He’s another liberal with an R next to his name, doesn’t matter if he wins or loses that seat will be filled with a liberal that shares nothing with the conservative movement.

sc_patriot on April 27, 2014 at 11:47 AM