“As a former FBI agent, Rep. Grimm should understand the motto: fidelity, bravery, and integrity. Yet he broke our credo at nearly every turn,” FBI Assistant Director George Venizelos said in a statement. “In this 20-count indictment, Rep. Grimm lived by a new motto: fraud, perjury, and obstruction.”
The indictment was the latest in a string of embarrassments for the House GOP caucus, which had been hoping to build momentum for what many saw as a strong midterm cycle for Republicans. Mr. Grimm’s legal woes follow on the resignation of Florida Rep. Trey Radel in the wake of a D.C. drug-buying sting and the announcement Monday that Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister would not seek another term after the married congressman was caught on videotape kissing a staffer.
Three non-partisan political handicappers changed their outlook on the race Monday in light of the news. The Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Political Report changed their ratings from “lean Republican” to “lean Democrat” and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, moved it from “toss-up” to “lean Democrat.” He won re-election in 2012 with 52 percent of the vote in New York’s Staten Island-based 11th congressional district, which President Obama carried in 2012, also with 52 percent of the vote.
Former New York City Councilman Domenic Rechhia is running on the Democratic side.
• This article is based in part on wire service reports