Today is going to be fun for many schleps on Capitol Hill — some grimacing because of stuff President Obama said, others delighting for the same words. You can’t make any of those nine-percent-approval-rating hacks happy.
One thing we can guarantee: Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) will be one of the most miserable men in Washington today. (That’s him pictured bum rushing a NY1 reporter to the left.)
Grimm skipped the ‘State of the Union’ afterglow and gave himself a big PR black eye. In one of the bajillion post-SOTU interviews, NY1 reporter Mike Scotto managed to get Grimm’s attention for an interview in the Capitol Rotunda.
His follow-up question perturbed Grimm so much that he threatened to hurl Scotto clean off the balcony. And yes, he did it on live TV.
See the already-legendary video after the jump…
Shake hands. Kiss babies. Threaten murder. Right out of the ‘running for office’ handbook. Good on ya’, Grimm. So, why not turn that frown upside down (and possibly get the NYPD off your case for that homicidal threat)?
According to the New York Daily News, Grimm may have some sticky fingers.
There’s a two-year federal investigation of fundraising for Grimm’s 2010 campaign led to the arrest this month of a former girlfriend, Diana Durand. She was accused of using so-called straw donors so she could exceed the $4,800 maximum allowable contribution to his campaign.
To wit, Scotto wanted to ask a follow-up and Grimm says this, in case the laugh-out-loud moment of seeing Scotto sharting on live TV muffled the sound:
“Let me be clear to you. If you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this effin’ balcony … You’re not man enough. I could break you in half.”
Needless to say, the Twitter lit up like Grimm’s Christmas tree, forcing the
soon-to-be-former Congressman to issue this pseudo apology:
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) January 29, 2014
Stay classy, Rep. Grimm. We hear NY1 is hiring political experts. Maybe Scotto can put in a good word?
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