After President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) threatened to throw NY1 reporter Michael Scotto off the balcony and “break him in half” for wanting to ask a question about allegations of wrongdoing concerning Grimm’s campaign finances.
During the interview Grimm refused to let Scotto ask his question, saying it was “off-topic.” But afterwards, while Scotto was wrapping up his report Grimm returned.
”Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f***ing balcony,” said Grimm. He then told Scotto he would break him in half, “like a boy.”
Scotto appeared on NBC’s “Today” show as well as CNN’s “New Day” this morning to talk about the confrontation.
Grimm issued a statement about the incident.
“I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.” Read more