- Associated Press - Saturday, May 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Embattled Republican Congressman Michael Grimm had this to say at a rally in his New York City district: “I’m still here, baby!”

The Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/1vkMQxl ) reports Saturday the recently indicted former FBI agent didn’t directly address the federal tax fraud charges against him during the “March for Justice for Congressman Michael Grimm” event.

The paper says the two-term congressman instead told about 100 voters that Staten Islanders have been bullied but won’t stand for it anymore.

The Advance says Grimm told them he’d stood with Staten Islanders after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and after Superstorm Sandy and would stand with them through good and bad.

Grimm is free on $400,000 bond. He’s vowed to stay in Congress and run for re-election while fighting the tax case.

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Information from: Staten Island Advance, http://www.silive.com