New York Rep. Michael Grimm was already facing a tough reelection. His post-State of the Union blowup could make it even tougher.
A moderate Republican who represents a swing Staten Island district, Grimm has been atop Democratic target lists for months. National Democratic strategists have been talking up the idea of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to unseat the second-term congressman. They want to hit the airwaves with TV ads casting him as a tea party figure who’s too conservative for his district.
Grimm’s altercation with a reporter who asked the congressman about a federal investigation of his campaign finances instantly went viral – footage played in an endless loop on cable TV and garnered hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube.
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