Congressman Michael Grimm (NY11), infamous for being indicted on 20 counts of wire fraud and federal tax evasion and perjury, pleading guilty on a count of felony tax fraud and threatening to throw a reporter over a balcony, has announced that he would resign from office.¬† He was also one of the most liberal Republicans in Congress with a 2013 American Conservative Union rating of 27%.
A member of the so-called Republican Main Street Partnership, he voted for the recent ‚??Crominibus,‚?Ě a massive $1 Trillion spending bill as well as a move to give President Obama a blank check by suspending the National Debt Ceiling until March 15, 2015.
A special election will soon be held in New York‚??s 11th Congressional District.¬† This district is made up of Staten Island a little bit of Brooklyn.¬† Local party officials will choose the candidates.
The apparent frontrunner for the Republicans is Daniel Donovan, Staten Island‚??s district attorney.¬† If he is the nominee, he also should be able to get the New York Conservative Party nod.¬† (In the 2010 New York Attorney General Campaign, Donovan won the endorsement of the Conservative Party of New York.)¬† Donovan will be more conservative than Grimm.
The Democrats have several possible candidates but left-wing NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is very unpopular here.¬† Grimm won reelection in November, even after the indictment, because he was successful in tying the Democrat candidate to de Blasio.¬† The new Republican nominee will be doing the same.
Ron Pearson has been a Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill, a campaign manager, political consultant, and is Executive Director of Conservative Victory Fund.¬†
Trevor K. Smith, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Professor of Government and Research Director of Conservative Victory Fund.¬† Conservative Victory Fund is the nation‚??s oldest conservative political action committee.