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Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) Apologizes for Threatening Reporter: VIDEO


Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) apologized for threatening a NY1 reporter following last night's State of the Union address. Grimm had threatened to throw reporter Michael Scotto over the balcony or break him in half after Scotto mentioned an ongoing campaign finance investigation into Grimm's 2010 election.

Grimm said he apologized to Scotto and Scotto "was gracious" and accepted it, adding "I’m a human being, and sometimes your emotions get the better of you. The bottom line, though, is it shouldn’t happen, you shouldn’t lose your cool. That’s why I apologized. When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, and you have to admit it. It shouldn’t happen."

Watch Grimm's full statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. What makes Rs think they own the world and can slap around anybody who challenges them?? He's certainly reading Christie's playbook, just had the lack of cool to lose it on camera. Of COURSE he's sooooo sorry and will never ever do it again. Yeah right.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Jan 29, 2014 3:13:15 PM

  2. They could have gone lighter on the make-up. He looks like a cast mate of Jersey Shore. But, props for an apology that was pretty straightforward.

    Posted by: Ken | Jan 29, 2014 3:16:00 PM

  3. I get it! It's now socially acceptable to say, do or tweet absolutely anything you like, provided you apologize the next day. Or even non-apologize. I guess that's how we'll let Putin off the hook.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jan 29, 2014 3:18:41 PM

  4. I wonder if he gave the guy his complimentary souvenir Duck Dynasty Duck Call to help smooth it over?

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Jan 29, 2014 3:29:55 PM

  5. It's probably less about being an R and more about being from Staten Island.

    Posted by: Chuck | Jan 29, 2014 3:33:41 PM

  6. I stand by my statement that anyone affiliated with the GOP at this point is a scumbag. It is not a normal political party any longer, but an organized hate group waging war against its own citizens.

    Posted by: niles | Jan 29, 2014 3:35:56 PM

  7. He's only sorry he did it on camera.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Jan 29, 2014 3:43:55 PM

  8. @Chuck - I think you're right!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 29, 2014 3:50:02 PM

  9. Am I the only one getting major closeted vibes?

    Posted by: Pablo | Jan 29, 2014 4:03:18 PM

  10. "We're gonna have lunch sometime next week..."
    Ugh! Hasn't the reporter been through enough already?

    Posted by: Gigi | Jan 29, 2014 4:09:37 PM

  11. @PABLO -- DING, DING, DING goes the gaydar.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jan 29, 2014 4:10:13 PM

  12. Which Big Dog hard-yanked Grimm's chain?

    Posted by: Elsewhere1010 | Jan 29, 2014 4:17:51 PM

  13. The guy was pissed and he overreacted. Big deal. Of course the thing he is sorry about is that it was caught on camera.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 29, 2014 5:01:51 PM

  14. I guess being under pressure is too much for this princess...what with all the mirror time, bikini waxing and eyebow plucking this little italian sausage snapped.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Jan 29, 2014 6:28:05 PM

  15. Threatening the press has always been winner for courting the Republican base. They hate the 1st Amendent, love the 2nd Amendment.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jan 29, 2014 6:30:46 PM

  16. There's a back story here. When Grimm said "I'll break you in half like a boy," I think he was actually saying: "When you saw me in that gay bar you were dying for me to top you." That lunch date is gonna end up in a hotel room. Grimm needs NY1 on his side.

    Posted by: Markt | Jan 29, 2014 7:20:53 PM

  17. This guy has major gay face. He comes across as a very angry self-loather

    Posted by: Cory | Jan 29, 2014 7:32:15 PM

  18. He was a former marine. Figures.

    Posted by: trapelo | Jan 29, 2014 7:59:57 PM

  19. @TRAPELO: You should be profoundly ashamed of that loathsome comment. Marines have and are fighting and dying in the service of this nation. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 29, 2014 8:22:42 PM

  20. He's only sorry he got caught on tape.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Jan 29, 2014 11:07:28 PM

  21. And now the world knows that he's overcompensating for a super dinky wiener. Good job, brain trust.

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 30, 2014 12:47:49 AM

  22. do the vile and then apologize and most then "forgive" such a tried and true method of saying what you REALLY mean in this World, as long as the news is there to "catch the vile"

    Posted by: L G. | Jan 30, 2014 4:08:31 AM

  23. He needs to resign. Thug behavior, threatening a life, is unacceptable. Period.

    Posted by: RexT | Jan 30, 2014 5:12:24 AM

  24. This is the second time he's made threats against a NY1 reporter (He did it in Dec., 2012). The first reporter happens to be black, this one happens to be gay. It’s worth noting.

    Posted by: Carlie | Jan 31, 2014 3:26:18 PM

  25. Michael is Gay - closeted. I know for fact. He used to beat me. I am tired of him thinking it is okay to bully and threaten people. I will take my chances but I am speaking up. . . more to follow. and yes I have photos - of our love and the bruises. NO JOKE!~

    Posted by: Michael'sExBf | Feb 5, 2014 7:40:32 PM

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