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Congressman Grimm's balcony scene

January 29, 2014 - Jim Anderson
On Tuesday night at the U.S. Capitol, real life was crazier than Hazzard County.

Perhaps you’ve seen, by now, the exchange between U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, R-.N.Y., and a New York cable news reporter questioning him about a Justice Department investigation into his campaign finances.

Grimm was angrier than a late-for-supper Boss Hogg because he says the reporter — Michael Scotto — knew that he was in a hurry.

The interview was being conducted after President Obama’s State of the Union address. The congressman explained that he had made a special effort to talk to Scotto — but only to comment on the State of the Union speech.

In explaining his conduct, the politician said this:

“... I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect.”

Uh-huh. Just who does that reporter think he is. One of them Duke boys?

As you may know, Rep. Grimm threatened to throw the reporter off the (expletive) balcony. He later said he’d break the reporter in half — “like a boy.”

Of course, Rep. Grimm had no true intention of carrying out those threats. People do blow up, some more than others, some more alarmingly than others.

That’s one thing.

But to later justify a ridiculous outburst by saying “... I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect.”

That’s scary.

UPDATE: Upon thinking it over, Rep. Grimm has issued a second statement that includes an apology: "I was wrong. I shouldn’t have allowed my emotions to get the better of me and lose my cool. I have apologized to Michael Scotto, which he graciously accepted, and will be scheduling a lunch soon." ... Daisy, fetch us a couple of cold ones.



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