Former Congressman from New York Michael Grimm was released from prison in May of 2016, but he’s planning to return to public life in 2018.
“Sources told NY1 that Grimm is beginning to let a small number of political leaders on Staten Island know that he intends to run for Congress,” Grace Rauh reports.
The reporter spoke to Grimm who said he hasn’t “made any decisions yet on his political future,” however the statement seems to imply he thinks he has one, citing “people who would like to see him run.”
This would mean that Grimm, who spent seven months in prison for tax fraud, would have to launch a primary challenge against the Republican currently in his old seat, Dan Donovan.
Along with being a convicted tax-cheat, Grimm made national headlines in 2014 after he threatened NY 1 reporter Michael Sotto during a Capitol Hill interview about allegations he laundered money from his campaign.
In the video that went viral, Grimm can be heard threatening the reporter that he’d “throw [him] off this fucking balcony.”
The journalist defended his question as “valid,” but the Congressman encroached Sotto’s personal space, saying the reporter wasn’t “man enough” and Grim would “break [him] in half like a boy.”
The campaign finance claims were not what sent Grimm to jail, however. Rather, he was convicted of a failure to pay taxes in conjunction with an Upper East Side restaurant he co-owned.
Grimm pleaded guilty after his arrest.
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