Republican Michael Grimm fought a tough contested primary that launched him into New York’s 13th Congressional District race against first termer Rep. Michael McMahon, a Democrat.
Mr. Grimm, a former FBI agent and U.S. Deputy Marshall, has already picked up endorsements from Republicans like former New York Senator Al D’Amato, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Democratic district leaders in Brooklyn, and Democrat Assemblyman Dov Hikind. While Mr. Grimm is still battling ghosts from a fractured New State GOP that refuses to unite in various areas, dirty campaign tactics from the McMahon campaign have already launched.
Congressman McMahon’s campaign is likely concerned about something, because it is already pulling out the stops looking to confuse Staten Island voters through deceitful campaign mailers. According to an October 15th Staten Island Live article:
Republican congressional candidate Michael Grimm yesterday called “despicable” a campaign mailer from Democratic Rep. Michael McMahon that Grimm says seeks to link him — by virtue of his last name — to the city’s controversial decision to cut yellow school bus service to seventh- and eighth-graders here.
Department of Education Deputy Chancellor for Operations Kathleen Grimm — no relation to the first-time candidate — made the call to pull the buses to save money, infuriating some 3,000 Staten Island families.
The McMahon piece uses the name Grimm liberally in recounting the decision, and in a clip-off protest coupon parents are urged to mail. The piece began arriving in Island mailboxes Tuesday and was paid for by the New York State Democratic Committee.
But McMahon (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) said there’s no deceit involved. He said since someone named Grimm made the decision, criticism should be directed at her, by name, and not Mayor Bloomberg or Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.
“The fact that I am doing a public service in a campaign mailing is a good thing,” McMahon maintained.
What a coincidence that Mr. McMahon decides to attack someone who angered Staten Island residents and happens to have the same last name and no relation to the individual who happens to be challenging the congressman this election cycle—and Rep. McMahon calls this “a public service” and “a good thing” on top of it all?
What Mr. McMahon did, in effect, was tantamount to planting a fake tea party candidate but at the bargain basement price of simply mailing deceptive campaign literature. A call was placed to the McMahon campaign office today but was not returned.
Former Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari and Grimm supporter maintains that internal polling shows that Mr. Grimm is only 2 points behind Congressman McMahon for the seat that was formerly held by Republican Vito Fosella.