Republican Congressman To Plead Guilty To Felony
[su_right_ad]Congressman Michael Grimm of Staten Island, New York, was charged in a 20-count indictment with hiding more than $1 million in income and wages at a restaurant he co-owned.
Grimm’s admission of guilt will place his congressional career in danger, exactly seven weeks after he won reelection by an overwhelming margin.
Grimm was scheduled to enter the plea Tuesday before Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn Federal Court…
Despite the indictment, Grimm trounced Democrat Domenic Recchia 55% to 42% on Nov. 4 to win a third term.
Recchia made the criminal case a central issue of his campaign, and at a debate on Oct. 17, Grimm was asked, “If found guilty, would you resign?”
“Certainly, if I was not able to serve, then of course I would step aside and there would be a special election,” he replied.
But if he can escape prison time, Grimm is expected to try to hold onto his seat, arguing he would still be “able to serve,” a source familiar with his thinking said.[su_csky_ad]