Here are just a few of today’s headlines:
“Rep. Michael Grimm rips reporter. Why so angry?” – Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Grier
“Rep. Michael Grimm apologizes for threats; reporter won't press charges” – Los Angeles Times
“New York Congressman Threatens to Throw Reporter Off Balcony” – TIME - by Nate Rawlings
“New York Rep. Michael Grimm threatens reporter after being asked ...” – NY Daily News – by Adam Edelman
The stories about Michael Grimm since 2010 have consistently fit a pattern and it is not a good one — Are any of us surprised that he started out as a solid conservative Republican with strong Tea Party support and has turned into a hard-core RINO “moderate” – who routinely attacks the Tea Party and the likes of conservative Republican Ted Cruz ?
From the moment Michael Grimm stepped onto the local political stage, some time late in 2009, there has always been a cross-threaded feel about him, that got worse and worse as the fittings that made up the whole Grimm fix got tightened more and more.
Questions like — “Where did Mike Grimm come from ?” – “Where’s he been and what’s he been doing all these years ? – and– “Why is he here now?” — questions like that were always shoved aside by insiders associated with Guy Molinari and Mike Long. When somebody brought up this-that-or the-other detail that didn't fit the spit and polish narrative it was always pounded-down or pushed-back with the "It's just politics" defense or "It's the liberal media going after a Republican when the Democrats have done much worse and nobody mentions that" attack.
As time went on, we Republicans found out more and more about our Brooklyn and Staten Island congressman — little-by-little, drip-by-drip, story-after-story, fact-upon-fact — as the truth has came out and continues to come out.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s Grimm's version of his Marine Corps service and military decorations, his undercover and other service in the FBI, his “history” of business successes and failures, his personal problems that have gotten into the public eye and/or his dealings in Washington D.C. as New York City’s only Republican congressman; everything that Michael Grimm does seems to have a questionable underside, an improbable explanation, and a bad aftertaste.
2014 can be a decent year for local conservative Republicans, but only if we make sure that the national trends carry over to the local races — a second-rate gubernatorial candidate and a terribly damaged congressional candidate would be likely to destroy any chance of that. Because of that and generally important considerations of good government and good PR, the Richmond and Kings County Republican leaderships need to ask themselves this: “Do we want to go into the 2014 elections with an albatross around our necks or a monkey on our backs like Mike Grimm ?” If anybody answers "Yes !" Then they need to tell us >>> WHY ......