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Former Convicted Congressman Wants Back In

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Former Convicted Congressman Wants Back In
Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint an independent counsel to investigate MF Global. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Former Republican Congressman Michael Grimm (N.Y.) is considering another run for Congress according to reports on Wednesday. Grimm, resigned from his congressional seat in 2014 after being charged with felony tax evasion. He has reportedly spoken with a small number of political leaders on Staten Island about a potential run.

Federal prosecutors charged Grimm with a 20-count indictment in 2015 on multiple fraud allegations related to a restaurant he managed. He pleaded guilty to one count and avoided having the rest of the case go to trial.

Grimm also made some headlines when he threatened to throw reporter Michael Scotto off a balcony in 2014 while speaking at the U.S. Capitol.

Michael Grimm is a former attorney, U.S. Marine, and FBI agent. He represented New York City’s 11th and 13th districts in two terms in office. He said that he would like to return to office, but has not made any firm decisions on the issue.

If Grimm does enter the race, he will go up again Republican incumbent Congressman Dan Donovan in a GOP primary. He would also face five Democrats who are currently planning to run for the seat. The 11th district includes all of Staten Island and a small section of Brooklyn.

What are your thoughts? Do you think he can win? Is this too soon after pleading guilty to a felony crime?

Credit: The Hill

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