Grimm news in SI rep. race

New York Post - - NEWS - Mary Kay Linge

Dis­graced Repub­li­can ex-Rep. Michael Grimm is set to an­nounce a bid to win back his old Staten Island-Brook­lyn seat next year, ac­cord­ing to a re­port — a move op­posed by state and lo­cal GOP of­fi­cials.

Grimm was re­leased from fed­eral prison 16 months ago af­ter serv­ing seven months on charges that he fal­si­fied tax re­turns for the Man­hat­tan restau­rant he ran be­fore tak­ing of­fice. He was con­victed in 2014. The Repub­li­can is look­ing to oust GOP Rep. Dan Dono­van, Staten Island’s for­mer district at­tor­ney, who won a spe­cial elec­tion af­ter Grimm went to jail in 2015.

Grimm will an­nounce his can­di­dacy at an Oct. 1 rally in New Dorp, NY1 re­ported Satur­day, cit­ing anony­mous sources.

“I can’t con­firm any­thing, but I wouldn’t deny it,” for­mer Staten Island Bor­ough Pres­i­dent Guy Moli­nari told The Post.

Grimm has hinted at a re­turn to pol­i­tics for months — glad-hand­ing at events in Staten Island and Brook­lyn, post­ing photos to a cam­paign-style Twit­ter ac­count, and lob­bing ver­bal bombs at Dono­van.

“We’re not re­ally con­cerned about a chal­lenge from a felon who was one of the most lib­eral mem­bers of Congress. Vot­ers won’t be duped by him again,” said Jes­sica Proud, a Dono­van cam­paign spokes­woman.

Grimm did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

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