Despite his facing a 20-count federal indictment and an upcoming trial, U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm easily won his re-election bid to Congress on Tuesday, the New York Post reported.
Representing a Staten Island, New York, district, the Republican, 44, outpaced Democratic opponent Domenic Recchia, a former city councilman from Brooklyn, to win his third term by 13 points, with a final vote tally of 55-42 percent.
Grimm’s federal tax-fraud charges, which stemmed from a health food restaurant he used to own, were handed down in April. He has since pleaded not guilty and asserted the charges were politically motivated.
Grimm, a former FBI agent, had heads shaking in January after a videotaped altercation with NY1 reporter Michael Scotto, who tried to ask him about campaign finance issues after the State of the Union speech in Washington, D.C. Watch below.
“Let me be clear. If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this f—ing balcony,” Grimm told Scotto in the much-broadcast clip of the encounter. “You’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”
Grimm later apologized.
Despite uncertainty about his political future, and with a trial date set for Dec. 1, Grimm seemed delighted to win his 11th Congressional District race as he spoke to supporters gathered in Staten Island Tuesday night.
“I, as your congressman, have never been prouder. You stood by me against all the odds. You stood by me when I needed you most,” Grimm told the crowd, which cheered him on.