Grimm news in SI rep. race
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.