- Al Gore’s climate-changers at EPA hearings foiled by cool temperatures
- Army’s 3-D printed bombs will create ‘a whole new universe’ of deadly capabilities
- Hamas calls on Hezbollah to join in fight against Israel
- Senators to FIFA, others: Don’t reward Putin with the World Cup in 2018
- U.S. condemns Israeli shelling of shelter in Gaza
- Obamacare shoots premiums up by 88 percent in California
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- Obama to Republicans: ‘Stop just hatin’ all the time’
- U.S. chemical sites vulnerable despite millions spent on security: Congress
- Driverless cars to hit the British streets by 2015
Rep. Grimm apologizes for threat to break reporter ‘in half’
Question of the Day
Rep. Michael Grimm apologized Wednesday for threatening a television reporter a day earlier, but watchdog groups are still calling for the House ethics committee to investigate the New York Republican, arguing his behavior violated the chamber rules.
Mr. Grimm told reporters that “I lost my cool” when he physically and verbally threatened Michael Scotto, a reporter with NY1 who was interviewing the congressman after Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
“I was wrong. It shouldn’t have happened, and I’ve called Michael Scotto and he accepted my apology and we’re going to go to lunch and we’ll put it all behind us,” Mr. Grimm said. “I’m a human being, and sometimes your emotions get the better of you, and the bottom line, though, is it shouldn’t happen, you shouldn’t lose your cool and that’s why I apologized.”
After asking Mr. Grimm about President Obama’s speech, Mr. Scotto tried to ask about previous reports involving questions about the congressman’s campaign finances. Mr. Grimm walked off camera, but then could be seen on tape returning to berate Mr. Scotto.
“Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this [expletive] balcony,” Mr. Grimm could be heard saying. “You’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”
Mr. Grimm had initially put out a statement late Tuesday saying that he was “extremely annoyed” because he was rushing to do the interview ahead of other requests and that he was only there to comment on the State of the Union.
“I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor,” he said. “I doubt that I am the first member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.”
“I accepted his apology,” the reporter said.
Despite that exchange, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint against Mr. Grimm with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW, said Mr. Grimm’s conduct violates House Rule 23, “which requires all members of the House to conduct themselves ‘at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House.’”
“Rep. Grimm abused his position as a member of the House by publicly threatening with verbal and physical abuse a reporter who was exercising his First Amendment rights,” she wrote. “Rep. Grimm’s conduct was entirely unprovoked.”
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Trips, loans for McDonnell family detailed at trial
- Defense lawyer: McDonnell's wife had 'crush' on CEO
- Wilder, Cuccinelli may be called as witnesses in McDonnell trial
- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's trial to test definitions of political corruption
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Senate Dems wary of immigration politics
Latest Blog Entries
- Dick Cheney: Hillary Clinton 'clearly bears responsibility' on Benghazi
- Holder vows to press ahead on gun control fight
- Seven of 10 prefer that Obama work with Congress, not go around it: Poll
- Schumer: Tea party hasn't let Obama put his policies into effect
- GOP official: Black not running for Wolf's House seat
TWT Video Picks
- Geraldo Rivera: Matt Drudge 'doing his best to stir up a civil war'
- Lois Lerner hated conservatives, new emails show
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
- HURT: Impeaching Obama is a losing strategy for the GOP
- CARSON: Rudderless U.S. foreign policy
- Patent workers paid to exercise, shop, do chores: report
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone
- Senate overcomes first filibuster of Obama's border-spending bill
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world