By S.A. Miller and Carl Campanile
Rep. Michael Grimm went ballistic on a TV reporter on camera Tuesday night after the State of the Union address at the Capitol — and threatened to throw him over a balcony and “break you in half.”
The Staten Island Republican was in the rotunda of the Cannon Office Building discussing on camera the president’s speech with NY1’′s Michael Scotto when the reporter tried to ask him about recent campaign-finance allegations.
Grimm stormed off, and Scotto explained that he wanted Grimm to address financial shenanigans surrounding the congressman’s 2010 campaign. Seconds later, Grimm charged back and got in Scotto’s face.
“Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this f–king balcony,” Grimm said. “You’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”
Later, Grimm insisted that the reporter “took a cheap shot” at him.
“I was annoyed. I was doing them a favor,” Grimm told The Post. “The reporter took a cheap shot at the end and I verbally took him to task. I was angry and I had every right to be.”
Grimm said he was on a tight schedule and had previously told NY1 that he was only going to discuss the speech.
When asked about the balcony-throwing threat, Grimm would not deny it.
“He blew it out of proportion,” Grimm said.
A former Grimm staffer told The Post that the congressman was a hothead who takes his rages out on journalists.
“Grimm has anger issues,” the staffer said. “This is not the first time he’s tried to intimidate a reporter.” [FULL ARTICLE]
By Erin Delmore
Former NBA player Jason Collins, who became the first male athlete actively playing on a major American sports team to come out as gay last April, will join first lady Michelle Obama in her VIP box above the House floor during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, the White House announced Monday.
They will be joined by Boston Marathon bombing survivors Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, who became an iconic image of the “Boston strong” movement after Arredondo, 53, was photographed rushing Bauman, 27, to safety. Bauman, who lost both legs in the bombing, was vital in the effort to identify the bombers during his recovery in the hospital, the White House said.
Also joining the first lady is Gary Bird, the fire chief of Moore, Okla., who led the search and rescue efforts after a tornado decimated the town and killed 25 people last May. Also in attendance will be Kathy Hollowell-Makle, a teacher of the year from Washington, D.C., and 16-year-old Joey Hudy, the youngest-ever intern at Intel who caught President Obama’s eye with his “extreme marshmallow cannon” during a 2013 White House Science Fair.
By John Aloysius Farrell
It can happen. On the eve of the midterm elections of 1970, just after President Richard Nixon delivered a campaign-closing national address, Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine offered the Democratic Party response, and utterly clobbered the Republican president.
Nixon—ranting about law and order in an ill-lit airport hangar in Phoenix, just days after an ugly confrontation with antiwar protesters in California—seemed to have channeled Benito Mussolini. But Muskie, with McLuhan-ish cool, spoke calmly and deliberately about sturdy American values, appearing in a cozy living room in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He scolded Nixon for his divisive ways—and soon emerged as the Democratic frontrunner for the presidential nomination two years hence.
So take heed, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). Never mind the belly flops of the last few years by various and sundry colleagues: You can deliver the Republican counterpunch to President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday and survive—maybe even prosper. You need not be doomed to what CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett called in a Tweet “the Sports Illustrated cover jinx of politics.”
By Suzy Khimm
Trying to make up for the party’s repeated missteps with female voters, House Republicans called on their go-to woman to respond to President Obama’s State of the Union address next Tuesday: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking woman in the House GOP.
McMorris Rodgers, 44, is a regular sight behind the podium on Capitol Hill, where she’s often still the only female Republican in sight. In a party where male legislators still predominate, the Washington state lawmaker is there to defend the party when Democrats accuse the GOP of waging a ‘War on Women.’ She’s also the only member of Congress to give birth three time while in office—a fact that her party put front and center of their video announcing that she would be giving the party’s official response to Obama’s address next week.
“Through the lens of her family’s experiences, Cathy will share our vision for a better America built on a thriving middle class, guided by a fierce belief in life and liberty, and grounded in greater trust between citizens and their government,” said Speaker John Boehner in a statement on Thursday.