Congressman Apologizes For Threatening Reporter

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Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Rep. Michael Grimm

New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm said Wednesday that “there’s no excuse” for his actions after he threatened to throw a reporter off a Capitol Hill balcony following the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

“Bottom line is, I lost my cool, and it shouldn’t have happened,” Grimm told reporters at the Capitol, adding that New York 1 reporter Michael Scotto was “gracious enough to accept my apology.”

Grimm said he is an “extremely passionate” person, as his constituents have come to expect.

“They expect Michael Grimm to have their back, and that’s what I’m known for,” he said. “I’m the guy that is going to stand up for those constituents. I’m going to be relentless, and I’m very passionate about it. … And unfortunately, when you’re that type of person that has a lot of passion, your emotions can get the better of you.”

The exchange between Scotto and Grimm, a former Marine and FBI agent, took place on the Capitol balcony Tuesday night. Scotto attempted to ask the lawmaker about an ongoing investigation into his campaign finances when Grimm stopped him. “I’m not talking about anything that’s off-topic, this is only about the president,” he said, before threatening to throw him off the balcony. After inaudible cross-talk, Grimm said, “No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough.”

“I’ll break you in half. Like a boy,” Grimm added.

On Wednesday, Grimm said that “when you’re wrong, you’re wrong, you have to admit it.”

Bob Hardt, NY1’s political director, wrote on the network’s website that the episode was not an isolated incident. After a December 2012 interview with NY1′s Errol Louis, Grimm “blew his top” off-camera over a question regarding a Grimm associate who was charged with illegally donating $10,000 to his campaign, according to Hardt.

“Grimm became red-faced and started yelling at both Louis and me, alluding to settling the issue by ‘taking it outside’ with our political anchor—acting as if he were in a bar instead of a TV studio,” Hardt wrote.

Grimm denied that he had been drinking Tuesday night.

21 comments
RB1
RB1

Criminal charges need filed! The man made life threatening shouts in a crowded public building! This is a terroristic threat to America's security!  Impeach, Impeach, Impeach!!!!!!!!!!! 

AmusedByItAll
AmusedByItAll

While New York Republican Representative Michael “Looney Tunes” Grimm characterizes himself as an “extremely passionate” person, most fair minded observers might see his behavior as that of a completely “out of control bully”. In the rough and tumble world of elective politics, how long will it take before the “extremely passionate” Representative Grimm carries out one of his threats and injures someone?

romano70
romano70

It feels like a bad case of roid rage, or PTSD, or just a bad case of thug...In any event not the kind of person you want representing you in DC....

sacredh
sacredh

"Grimm said he is an “extremely passionate” person, as his constituents have come to expect."

So...Grimm would have cried when the reporter was on his way down to his date with the concrete?

KBR1028
KBR1028

He might have used the word "apology" but he didn't apologize.

Instead, he turned it into a story about how "passionate" he is, and how he "has his constituent's backs".  Exactly how does threatening to throw a reporter "off the f---ing balcony" equate to having his constiuents backs?  Some apology. I guess it's the best thing he could think of when he sobered up.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

A thug is a thug by any other name and regardless of apology after the fact. 

EdwardWPWW
EdwardWPWW

ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!
The words “immigration”, “tolerance” and “assimilation” are being used to PROMOTE a program of geNOcide against White children.
-
According to International Law, open borders, FORCED integration, and assimilation is GENOCIDE.
Except they don’t call it GENOCIDE when it’s done to White children.
Then they call it “multiculturalism”
STOP WHITE GENOCIDE!
Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

Wow, an irrational angry white nutcase in the GOP.  Who would have ever thought a political party would put up with somebody like that?   

yogi
yogi

adding that New York 1 reporter Michael Scotto was “gracious enough to accept my apology, after I made an offer he couldn't refuse."

MrObvious
MrObvious

It's easy to apologize after the fact; it's a reporters duty to inquire about improprieties. If this guy can't handle it I suggest he join some local Militia group instead - seems to be his style.

bayard111
bayard111

This man has has serious issues and needs resign and seek treatment. He is way over the edge, totally not cool for a military man and FBI man. I think the reporter should file charges.

SammyJo58
SammyJo58

Apology made AFTER he defended himself and his actions, then realized he was being ripped to shreds on social media.  His actions last night, plus his well reported prior actions as an FBI agent, i.e.  threatening people in a night club when he didn't get his way with another man's wife, brandishing his gun, shouting to patrons "The FBI trumps the city police.....everyone up against the wall, nobody move", then saying all white people could exit...all of this points to a man with a serious anger management issues, and an overblown ego, who is hardly capable of holding political office.   Politics requires self assurance and diplomacy.  Lacking emotional stability under pressure reveals how important those qualities are.  I truly hope this man is forced to resign his office.  He is a walking time bomb.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@RB1 

There's an easy fix to a-holes.

Fock off!

There you go. You defuse the a-hole, you move on.

Of course red meat munchers love machoman Grimm. A-holes need to stick together.

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

@RB1 .Where you a teabagger in a past life??

sacredh
sacredh

@EdwardWPWW, I don't think you realize it, but you're making a pretty strong case FOR white genocide. 

romano70
romano70

LMFAO...what a loser.... race paranoia, anyone?

BenjaminNeuells
BenjaminNeuells

@romano70 Name calling? Is that the best you can do, anti-white?

As an anti-white, can you explain to everyone why you want a world without White children? Do you have a problem with White people?

You say you are 'anti-racist.' What you are is anti-white.
Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-White.