GOP Rep. Michael Grimm To Resign


Rep. Michael Grimm announced late Monday night plans to resign from Congress, after pleading guilty to a felony tax evasion charge last week. The announcement came just hours after a source familiar with Grimm’s thinking told CNN he would resign “sooner rather than later,” after the New York Daily News broke the news of Grimm’s plans to step down. “After much thought and prayer, I have made the very difficult decision to step down from Congress effective January 5th, 2015. This decision is made with a heavy heart, as I have enjoyed a very special relationship and closeness with my constituents, whom I care about deeply,” Grimm said in a statement issued shortly before midnight by his office. The Staten Island congressman was indicted in April on 20 counts relating to his health food restaurant, Healthalicious, including charges that he filed false tax returns; engaged in mail fraud, wire fraud and perjury; and knowingly hired undocumented workers.

Grimm earned national headlines last year when he was caught on camera as he threatened to throw a NY1 reporter off of a Capitol Building balcony and break him in half “like a boy.” A special election will be scheduled for his House seat.