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).
“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.