Grimm to Continue Campaigning; Malliotakis Interested in Running

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Jack Fitzpatrick
April 29, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

Rep. Mi­chael Grimm (R) said he will con­tin­ue to cam­paign des­pite be­ing in­dicted on 20 counts re­lat­ing to al­leged fraud at a res­taur­ant he op­er­ated. He called the charges a “polit­ic­al witch hunt” and said, “I have an elec­tion to win.” (New York Ob­serv­er)

State As­semb­ly­wo­man Nicole Mal­li­ota­kis (R) called the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee and former may­or­al can­did­ate John Cat­sima­tid­is (R) about run­ning for Grimm’s seat. “She ex­pressed in­terest if he (Grimm) com­mits polit­ic­al hari-kari,” said one “polit­ic­al in­sider.” (New York Post)

Re­pub­lic­ans are “es­sen­tially hand­cuffed with him (Grimm) as a can­did­ate,” a state GOP aide said. Grimm’s in­dict­ments oc­curred just after the pe­ti­tion­ing peri­od ended, which means there are three un­likely ways Re­pub­lic­ans could get an­oth­er can­did­ate on the bal­lot: if Grimm is con­victed be­fore Novem­ber, if he moves out of the state, or if Grimm is nom­in­ated to the state Su­preme Court. The lat­ter two would take Grimm’s co­oper­a­tion, which seems un­likely, since he has said he will con­tin­ue to seek reelec­tion. And he is un­likely to be con­victed of any­thing be­fore the elec­tion. (ABC News)