Last night, after President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) reportedly threatened to throw a reporter off the rotunda balcony inside the US Capitol.
"Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this f----- balcony," Grimm told NY1 reporter Michael Scotto after an on-air interview, noted Mediaite.com (video below).
"No, no, you're not man enough, you're not man enough," added Rep. Grimm. "I'll break you in half. Like a boy."
Rep. Grimm later claimed that Scotto had "insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview."
That "disrespectful and cheap shot" was Scotto asking Rep. Grimm about a federal investigation into the congressman's 2010 campaign fundraising.
Scotto recalled the incident this morning on MNBC's "Morning Joe," notes CrooksandLiars.com (video below).
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“I’m used to people giving me pushback for questions, but I was not used to something like that,” said Scotto. "[Rep. Grimm was] angrier than I have ever seen a politician talk to a reporter about a question that he or she didn’t like.”
This morning, after widespread media coverage, Rep. Grimm apologized to Scotto.
According to NY1, Rep. Grimm issued an apology mixed in with a self-serving plug:
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. In the weeks and months ahead I’ll be working hard for my constituents on issues like flood insurance that is so desperately needed in my district post Sandy.