In the sweeping tide of all things Republican, there is a small NY House of Representatives battle which could spell the difference between Democratic or Republican control in New York. This candidate, Michael Grimm, is already having enough trouble garnering the support of the GOP; according to the NY Daily News (1), Grimm is undertaking his political fight “without the backing of the borough’s GOP leaders.”
So how does this one seat in a borough in which I don’t even live affect my life as a New Yorker? “Michael Grimm for President 2020,” could be the deal, as this young man doesn’t appear to have any interest in stopping anywhere but the top. In the near term, the law of unintended consequences could spell disaster for either the GOP or the Democrats in New York City as, if Grimm gets elected to this seat without the support of anyone, then he’s as wily as any strangers vote, even if he’s won the GOP seat. He can form alliances on either side of the isle and his voting won’t necessarily be along any kind of party lines. This could spell big trouble for any votes having to do with pocketbook issues for New Yorkers; jobs, MTA fare hikes, public works; and Michael Grimm could effectively be bought and sold. The seat Grimm is running for “covers Staten Island and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.”
Michael Grimm’s candidacy has been embraced by the Staten Island Tea Party (2) and their summarized bio of him sure reads like a GOP underdog. “Dropped out of college at 19, enlisted in the Marine Corps, served in the Persian Gulf War, awarded commendations, finished college while working nights at the FBI, became a Federal Police Officer, deputized US Marshall, elevated to Uniformed Police Officer for the FBI.” These are all valorous things, so why hasn’t Grimm been embraced by the GOP?
Well, in short, because they didn’t choose him. According to the Daily News reports, “old grudges are trumping party loyalty.” At the beginning of this dance, “the Staten Island Republican Party wooed former Rep. Vito Fossella to run for his old seat…he said no.” The Staten Island Republican Party then “picked oil heir Michael Allegretti to run in the primary against Grimm.” The problem with that choice was that Grimm trounced Allegretti, “69% to 31%.” Not even a closely contested election.
Apparently the salt-in-the-wound was even more pointedly felt by GOP insiders when “former State Island borough boss Guy Molinari,” gave Grimm his endorsement. According to the Daily News, Molinari’s GOP “foes preferred to have a divisive party rather than empower him.”
But based on his resume, one would have no reason to be suspect of someone like Michael Grimm, right? Even though he should have no party loyalty, because he’s won the GOP seat he should vote along party lines, right? Well, maybe not. Grimm is a young, engaging personality who has done a lot of things and could possibly be headed for bigger things. The Daily News reports that Grimm has won the alliance of not just the Tea Party leaders in Staten Island but also “potential 2012 GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney.”
Could Michael Grimm be the link between the new energy and enthusiasm of the Tea Party movement while keeping the GOP connected to a 2012 victory in the White House with Mitt Romney? It’s something worth considering as right now, the attitude of many in opposition in the pro-Palin present is “anything but Palin.” Local political pundits should keep an eye on this Michael Grimm election for present needs. But folks looking at potential Vice Presidential candidates for the GOP in 2012 and beyond should not count out Michael Grimm as he’s shown he will do what he needs to, to win.