Former Rep. Michael Grimm, who went to jail for tax fraud, says he’s ”90 percent” likely to run again for his old Staten Island seat because he was the victim of the same witch hunt as President Trump.
“They don’t want rising Republican stars in New York City,” Grimm told Politico.
“Who signed off on my indictment? James Comey. It’s the same exact players and the same exact playbook. I’m 90 percent of the way there to run.”
If he becomes a candidate in 2020, Grimm could hurt the GOP’s chances of unseating freshman Democrat Rep. Max Rose by could turn into an ugly GOP primary.
GOP Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican Party candidate for mayor in 2017, has already declared her candidacy for the 11th congressional district spot, which includes all of Staten Island and portions of southern Brooklyn.
Republican Councilman Joe Borelli, an early Trump supporter in 2016, also is mulling a run.
Malliotakis said Grimm is delusional if he thinks voters will send him back to Congress.
“It’s sad that after going to prison, then being trounced by Dan Donovan, Michael Grimm thinks anyone wants him to run again,” Malliotakis said.
She was referring to the former three-term congressman’s comeback bid last year, when he challenged Rep. Dan Donovan, the former Staten Island DA, in the GOP primary.
Donovan trounced Grimm by a nearly 2-1 margin, only to lose to Rose in the general election.
“Nothing would be more swampy than sending a convict to Congress. If this was a state election, he’d even be prohibited from running,” Malliotakis said.
Borelli said he’s “seriously considering” running on his record as “committed and consistent” — a dig at Malliotakis for waffling on her support for Trump and a border wall.
The Rose camp is quietly pleased at the prospect of a fierce GOP primary.
Grimm, a former FBI agent, served eight months in prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud for under-reporting wages at a restaurant he owned as well as filing false tax documents.
Grimm’s other claim to infamy was being caught on video threatening to throw a NY1 reporter over a Capitol building balcony after being asked about his legal woes.
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