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February 12, 2016

Cantor to Meet With Grimm Wednesday

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., will meet with recently-indicted Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., on Wednesday, a GOP leadership aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

The meeting will be pivotal for Grimm, who is battling 20 federal charges of misconduct related to the ownership and operation of a health food restaurant prior to his election to Congress in 2010.

It also will be pivotal for Cantor: GOP leaders have so far been mum on how they will deal with their scandal-plagued colleague in an election year.

Cantor took a firm stance Tuesday regarding Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., who said he will not seek re-election after surveillance footage revealed the married father of five kissing a married staffer.

McAllister’s plan to serve out the remaining months of his term didn’t sit well with Cantor, who told the Louisiana Republican to resign now.

Grimm has not only said he won’t resign, he’ll seek a third term. Cantor’s response to that plan could chart the course for Grimm’s ultimate political survival.

  • Shrugged

    Grimm prospects . . . .

  • jennylingpo

    Staten Islanders demand answers to these important questions from Dom Recchia, who has voted in lockstep with our ultra-liberal Mayor to raise our taxes:

    1. Why Did You Vote With Bill de Blasio to Raise My Property Taxes 18.5%?
    According to the Staten Island Advance, “Recchia said that the city had ‘no
    choice’ but to raise property taxes.” While Recchia chaired the City
    Council Finance Committee, the total size of property tax bills doubled
    in New York City.

    2. How Can Someone from Brooklyn Represent Me?
    Recchia has never lived a day in his life on Staten Island, nor has he ever
    represented us in the City Council. How can he think it is right to ask
    Staten Islanders to be their Congressman when he doesn’t know what its
    like to live here?

    3. Why Did You Vote With Bill de Blasio To Make Me Pay New Bridge Tolls?
    Even though the majority of Staten Islanders were opposed to the idea,
    Recchia voted in the City Council for Mayor’s Bloomberg’s “Congestion
    Pricing Plan” to force New Yorkers to pay a new $8 toll to cross the
    Brooklyn Bridge and the rest of the bridges to Manhattan.

    4. Why Don’t You Pay Your Own Taxes?
    In spite of his votes to increase property taxes, incomes taxes, cigarette
    taxes, sales taxes and cell phone fees, Recchia has been late with his
    property taxes every year since 2010. He has also had numerous tax liens
    levied on his property for failure to pay his taxes.

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