In wake of Eric Cantor’s primary defeat and challenging remarks by Democrat Candidate Domenic M. Recchia, Congressman Michael Grimm tries to distance himself from both the Tea Party and mainstream Republicans
According to Grimm, “Describing me as 'far-right' is laughable by any standard considering that I was one of the most outspoken Republicans against the government shutdown and have taken on members of my own party to stand up for labor...” (See “Sparks fly between GOP Rep. Michael Grimm and Democratic challenger Recchia in wake of Cantor's downfall” by Tom Wrobleski, 6/11-6/12/14, SI Advance/ silive.com [http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/sparks_fly_between_gop_rep_mic.html; email@example.com]). It’s notable that Wroblenski made the following observation about Grimm’s response to Recchia: “Grimm did not comment on Cantor's stunning defeat.”
Unlike Grimm, Staten Island Tea Party co-founder Frank Santarpia was not shy in commenting about Cantor’s loss. "Like many others, Cantor went to Washington as a conservative and changed.... In some moderate districts, you can get away with that - but this was a strongly conservative district and Cantor got smacked," said Santatarpia. In what might be construed by some as a shot across Congressman Michael Grimm’s bow, the Staten Island Tea Party activist added: “[This is] another lesson in how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by ignoring your base."
Another report shows that Domenic Recchia is slightly ahead of Grimm with available campaign funds ( See “GOP Rep. Michael Grimm reports sparse fundraising in wake of federal indictment” by Tom Wrobleski, 6/13/14, Staten Island Advance/ silive.com [http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/gop_rep_michael_grimm_reports.html; firstname.lastname@example.org]). During the most recent reporting period, Grimm’s campaign fund spent more money than it took in; and Grimm’s opponent Domenic Recchia raised more that three times as much money as Grimm.