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reply to post by Logarock
For all we know there was an agreement that questions about the ALLEGATIONS would not be asked. At any rate it was a set up to discredit any criticism of Obamas speech. Just the press batting for the administration.
When was the last time you saw the press ask about allegations pending during an interview with one of their dem darlings? And a lot worse allegations than this guy is under right now.
Who is really the bully here? The reporter was engaging in passive aggressive type bullying. That type is far more prevalent in the press than hot heads that pop off.
Michael Grimm found himself on a more auspicious path. He is now featured regularly on cable news, and he was recently chosen to chair the House Republican Policy Committee’s Task Force on Foreign Policy. When I spoke to Grimm’s former F.B.I. colleagues, some applauded his undercover work, which also included public-corruption investigations in New Jersey and Florida. “I wouldn’t question his integrity,” Lawrence Ferazani, an agent who worked closely with him, said. “And he never, ever challenged the rules.” Others were taken aback that he had used his career as an agent to help him gain higher office. “He was not thought of very highly,” one former agent told me. Another agent called Grimm “a very good undercover” with “a big ego.” “He was an F.B.I. agent whom I would classify as a maverick,” he said. “Mavericks bring you big cases, and they can bring you big trouble.”
On July 10, 1999, Williams said, he was working off duty at Caribbean Tropics. Shortly after midnight, Michael Grimm walked in with a woman of Caribbean descent. The woman’s estranged husband, who is also of Caribbean descent, was at the club and confronted Grimm. The two men began to argue. Williams escorted Grimm away. Williams recalled, “He said to me, ‘Thanks a lot man, he don’t know who he’s #ing with.’ Then he said something frightening. ‘I’ll #in’ make him disappear where nobody will find him.’ ” (Grimm calls this allegation “insane.”) After that, Williams said, Grimm and the woman left, as did the husband.
Around 2:30 A.M., there was a commotion on the dance floor. According to Williams, somebody was shouting, “He’s got a gun!” Following a crowd into the club’s garage, Williams discovered that Grimm and the husband had returned, and Grimm was holding a weapon. Grimm was “carrying on like a madman,” Williams said. “He’s screaming, ‘I’m gonna #in’ kill him.’ So I said to him, ‘Who are you?’ He put the gun back in his waist and said, ‘I’m a #ing F.B.I. agent, ain’t nobody gonna threaten me.’ ” (Grimm said he only moved his gun from an ankle holster to his waistband.) The bouncer at the front door told Williams that, when he patted Grimm down and found his gun, Grimm had showed his F.B.I. identification. The bouncer then let him pass through the club’s metal detector.
Further on in the report;
Yesterday we wrote about how Staten Island Republican Congressional canidate Michael Allegretti accussed his primary opponent Michael Grimm of passing out campaign photos of himself wearing military ribbons that he did not earn, which led Grimm to label Allegretti ” a petulant child.”
Today Allegretti doubled-down, accusing Grimm of further confusing matters by blaming his commanding officer and an army administrative mix-up on the error, instead of answering the fundamental question: why did Grimm pass out campaign photos of himself wearing the wrong ribbons?
Reached for comment, Grimm said, “It’s very simple. At the time that picture was taken, I was authorized to wear those ribbons. It wasn’t like I made an error. That is what I was rated…What is his assertion? That I should never use photos of myself in military uniform? That is absurd.”
I think that many politicians are starting to feel cornered. And they are reacting as such. Cornered rats.
But of course, if they were doing nothing wrong, then they would probably be able to answer hard questions at the drop of a hat.
Grimm has apologized, which, of course, makes everything just peachy. The reporter has accepted the apology and decided both should 'move on'.