Normally such slobbering is left for fawning stories about Bill Clinton or some other such rogue. But in this case we’re talking about Staten Island, the forgotten borough of New York City that’s got much more New Jersey to it than it does New York.
You may recall GOP Congressman Michael Grimm, under indictment and generally an embarrassment to the party. Yet less than two weeks before the midterms, he’s actually leading his Democrat challenger in the polls.
The New York Daily News has an interesting look at Grimm.
They like that he’s from Staten Island.
They respect that he was a Marine and an FBI agent.
They love his piercing blue eyes.
Rep. Michael Grimm became a national punchline in January when he threatened to toss a NY1 reporter over a balcony and break him “in half, like a boy.” Four months later, House Republican leaders deserted him when a 20-count federal indictment accused Grimm of tax fraud, hiding income and hiring undocumented immigrants at a Manhattan restaurant he owned.
But here he is, 16 days before the election, with a real shot at winning. A Siena College poll last month found Grimm leading Democrat Domenic Recchia, 44% to 40%.
“How the f**k does that happen?” an astonished Jon Stewart asked on “The Daily Show” last week.
In interviews across Staten Island — at the Ferry Terminal, a hair salon, a diner and Republican headquarters — it was clear why.
Bear in mind Staten Island is more or less a weigh station en route from Brooklyn to the Jersey Shore and you get the idea what’s to follow.
Many said they thought Grimm showed nothing more than understandable frustration when he threatened Michael Scotto of NY1, after Scotto asked Grimm about the federal investigation of him.
“At least he gave (the reporter) a warning,” said Judy Psaotas, 49, a waitress at the Annadale Terrace Diner. “I would have just thrown him off.”
Well, like most of America they at least have a healthy disdain for the media, so that’s a plus.
“I don’t like anybody, and I like him,” Psaotas said. “That’s not just because of the way he looks, because God knows, he is eye candy. I think he’s a man first. Before a politician, he’s a man.”
Sounds like Psaotoas would like her some Michael Grimm. It gets better:
A 37-year-old teacher having breakfast at the diner put it more bluntly: “He’s bang-able,” she giggled, adding that she planned to vote for him.
We surmise Grimm’s got her number by now.
“We have similar backgrounds,” said a 68-year-old retired detective sitting in the waiting area at the Twisted Sisters hair salon. “I was in the Marine Corps, I’m a retired detective. He was in the FBI. I like the way he handles himself.”
And Recchia is “from Brooklyn,” the retired detective added dismissively.
“He’ll take care of Brooklyn.”