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February 10, 2016

Bill Maher: Michael Grimm Has ‘Likely Flipped Himself’ on #FlipaDistrict

Has Grimm "flipped himself?" (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Has Grimm “flipped himself?” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bill Maher might be giving up on “flipping” Rep. Michael G. Grimm’s district.

The liberal comedian explained on his HBO show “Real Time” last week that the New York Republican is probably now capable of putting his seat in Democratic hands all by himself.

“There has been a development that I must tell you we here at ‘Real Time’ could not foresee,” said Maher, “and that is that the very first schmoe that we put up on our Tweet 16 board of finalists … has most likely flipped himself by getting arrested and possibly going to prison.”

Maher is soliciting from viewers, via Twitter, candidates for a House Republican incumbent whose Democratic challenger Maher will back with money and support in the November midterm elections. Maher’s target will ultimately be narrowed down, bracket-style.

Grimm was recently slapped with a 20-count federal indictment in connection to the health food business he owned and operated prior to his election to Congress in 2010. But he was singled out by Maher and his audience before those revelations surfaced, back when Grimm was awaiting the outcome of a separate government investigation into alleged campaign finance fraud.

Others on the radar are Republican Reps. Blake Farenthold of Texas, Steve Southerland II of Florida, John Kline of Minnesota, Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan and Scott Garrett of New Jersey.

But Maher hasn’t taken his sights off Grimm just yet.

“We may have another opening on our grid so for now we are adding a new symbol to our board: The prison bars with a question mark, which indicates that the pick is still there, but perhaps is going to prison,” Maher cracked on the May 9 show.

Before Grimm’s indictment late last month, CQ Roll Call caught up with the two-term representative from Staten Island and a sliver of Brooklyn to see if he feared the wrath of the “Real Time” host. He said he “concurred” with sentiments offered by House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., as to whether lawmakers should be worried.

Rogers said, “I think [Maher] ought to stick to Hollywood.”

That was back in February.

Christina Bellantoni contributed to this report.

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  • Tom Hilton

    In the photo that is his dog, Sebey. When Grimm goes to prison I hope the dog will get a good home.

    The Leftists may find it ironic that the American Conservative Union rated Grimm the most liberal Republican in the House. Heritage Foundation rated him second most liberal behind only Rep Gibson.

    So if this was an Obama “witchhunt” I am sure Barry and Holder would not go after one of their buddies in Congress – such as RINO Grimm.

    • jennylingpo

      Tom Hilton is a NYC Tea Party troll who is bitter and angry that Republicans did not give him a patronage job in the City Board of Elections after he supported Grimm in 2010.

  • jennylingpo

    Staten Islanders really are waiting for 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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