Representative Michael G. Grimm of Staten Island, threatened a NY1 reporter on Tuesday night after being asked about campaign-finance investigations following the State of the Union address.
Just moments after the State of the Union speech, Michael Grimm, once considered a rising star in the Republican Party, now considered prime anger management material, went off on reporter Michael Scotto inside the US Capital building. Sotto asked the Tea Party politician about the continuing federal investigation into his campaign fund-raising.
When initially asked the question, Grimm responded, “I’m not speaking about anything that is off-topic. This is only about the president’s speech,” and stormed off camera.
After the reporter signed off, Grimm came back with a vengeance. Luckily, the camera was still rolling and Grimm can be heard angrily whispering into the Scotto’s ear:
“Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f*cking balcony.”
When Scotto insists his question was valid, Grimm took a page from the Chris Christie Book of Bullying and responded with:
“You’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”
Being a man’s man, Grimm initially decided not to apologize for his outburst.
“I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests… I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor,” he wrote in a statement on Tuesday night. “I doubt that I am the first member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.”
But after the video went viral and Scotto did the rounds on the cable news networks, Grimm was forced to pack away his machismo and apologize.
His statement may say, “I’m sorry”, but his eyes say, “I’m going to lose it any second”.
Via: New York Times