We’ve all seen Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) threaten to throw NY1 reporter Michael Scotto “off this f***ing balcony” for daring to ask a question about Grimm’s campaign finance investigation. We also saw how high up they were at the U. S. Capitol, and what a looooong way down it was. Grimm also said Scotto was “not man enough” and “I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”
If the situation were reversed, and Scotto had threatened Grimm in the exact same way, Scotto could be facing a federal criminal offense.
In December 2012, Grimm directed a “bizarre and scary” rant against two other NY1 employees, Bob Hardt and Errol Louis, for asking him about the same issue, and said they should “take it outside.”
Grimm clearly has a very poor relationship with the First Amendment. Reporters should be able to ask legitimate questions without being physically threatened, and Grimm should resign.
Politico reports that Grimm is getting media advice from Anthony Weiner. Hell, Michael, why don’t you call A-Rod while you’re at it?