However, to minimize the 2014 lack of support from the national GOP, Grimm himself brought up the 2010 elections and said some crazy things about those days — In the process, Grimm rewrote some of the GOP history from 2010 — Basically, it looks like Grimm said, “...they didn’t help me get elected...”
According to Grimm: he doesn't have to listen to the Republican leadership “OR ANYONE ELSE” — Because they didn't help him get elected in 2010
According to yesterday’s report in Newsday, “With Republican Rep. Michael Grimm under federal indictment and abandoned by his national party, Democrats have placed a big bet on capturing the Staten Island-southern Brooklyn congressional seat that has been in GOP hands for 32 of the past 34 years. *** The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is buying ads and financing a ground operation for challenger Domenic Recchia. The National Republican Congressional Committee has provided no funds for Grimm....” ( See “After Rep. Michael Grimm's indictment, Democrats seek to flip longtime GOP House seat” by Emily Ngo, 10-12-14
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The main thrust of the article is that a large influx of DCCC [ national committee to elect Democrat Members of Congress] money and other resources are about to start to leverage Domenic Recchia’s campaign into a formidable force in the final days of the campaign. They specifically mentioned TV advertising.
On the other hand article’s author noted that Grimm was hanging in there against the onslaught. However, a problem might have cropped up as a result of Congressman Grimm’s attempt to shrug off his current lack of support by so many in the GOP.
GRIMM DOES A BIT OF A REWRITE OF GOP HISTORY FROM THE 2010 CAMPAIGN
Newsday made much of the point that the GOP’s national operation had cut off Grimm’s funding and other resources for his 2014 campaign for re-election. Grimm more or less indicated that he’s OK with that, because he had run without the GOP’s support in the past.
According to the report in this Sunday’s Newsday, “Grimm points out he didn't have or need national GOP support when first elected in 2010. *** "That's why I'm so independent," he said. "I don't have to listen to Speaker Boehner or anyone else, because they didn't help me get elected."
Okay, if the RNC didn’t put anything into Grimm’s race in 2010 and are doing the same now, then maybe he could make the argument of not having to listen to the GOP leadership, and that might result in making him more independent.
However, to add in this line: “... or anyone else, because they didn't help me get elected....” goes too far. Certainly, local GOP leaders and partisans very much helped Grimm out, both in the 2010 Republican Primary and in the General Election later that year.
Grimm’s lack of support among many Republicans in parts of the 2010 campaign made him say crazy things then; and Grimm’s lack of support among some Republicans in 2014 is again making him say crazy things in 2014 — both about this year’s election as well as the ones that happened in 2010.