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Saturday, October 2, 2010

New York Post Endorses Grimm; Seeks Grassroots $

The New York Post yesterday endorsed Michael Grimm along with five other congressional candidates. Grimm is running for New York’s 13th Congressional District, which covers Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. Governor Palin endorsed Grimm on July 28, 2010, along with John Gomez for NY-2 who ran unopposed and won. She was the first to be acknowledged and recognized during his primary victory speech on September 14, 2010.

In its four-paragraph endorsement, the New York Post provided a brief history of the district and the rationale for endorsing Grimm.
Democratic incumbent Michael McMahon won this 30-year Republican stronghold in 2008 after then-Rep. Vito Fossella's DWI arrest and subsequent revelation of a mistress and out-of-wedlock child.

McMahon has tried to craft a moderate image -- he's the only Democrat in New York's congressional delegation to have voted against ObamaCare. But he's happily supported all the Dems' spending proposals, most notably the stimulus package.

Michael Grimm represents a solid return to the district's roots. A decorated Marine who served in the first Gulf War, Grimm subsequently joined the FBI -- where his undercover work helped bust Gambino crime family operatives, several New Jersey pols and, in 2003, 50-some Wall Street crooks in Operation Wooden Nickel.

Grimm cites his post-FBI career as a restaurant owner and small businessman to push fiscal sanity in Washington -- and tax relief for all Americans.
$50,000 from 5,000

In a separate mailing, Grimm asked each of his 5,000 Facebook fans to contribute $10, so the campaign can raise $50,000. He wrote:
There are only 31 days until the election and our opponent, Michael McMahon, has an unlimited pot of cash from Nancy Pelosi and the Washington DC Special Interests. We must rely on money from the grassroots of our country to help get Michael Grimm elected!

Our opponent is using the typical ways Washington politicians fatten their campaign budgets by raising money from:
  • Special interests
  • Lobbyists
  • Washington Power Players
We don’t have these special piles of money to raid like our opponent. That is why we are going the grassroots route!
US for Palin Publisher, Ron Devito is campaigning for Grimm. For the primary, Devito walked door-to-door in the 60th and 79th Election Districts, installed lawn signs in the 10314 zip code, called voters on primary day and closed the PS 36 poll. When Devito arrived to the victory celebration, Allegretti had already called Grimm to concede. Devito is continuing his work for Grimm, in the midst of another door-to-door walking blitz in his own neighborhood and one to the west of his targeting voters in all parties.