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218: Jury of Michael Grimm's Peers: Still Out

Grimm, seen here sprinting to the final votes before recess began, so far has not faced the wrath of his House colleagues. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Michael G. Grimm had, by most accounts, a pretty bad day. But none of the newly-indicted New York Republicans House colleagues Republican or Democrat are calling for his resignation just yet.

The news seemed to dominate the Capitol as lawmakers returned from a two-week recess, but some of them werent even aware of the charges as they arrived for votes Monday evening.

CQ Roll Call talked with more than two-dozen lawmakers Monday evening. Responses ranged from I feel for him (Dennis A. Ross, R-Fla.) to [T]his is America. And youre innocent until proven guilty, and thats true of all United States citizens. (Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas)

Even liberal Democrats like Jerrold Nadler of New York wouldnt say Grimm should resign. You dont want to set a precedent that elected officials should step down [because] youre innocent until proven guilty, he said. Energy and Commerce Ranking Democrat Henry A. Waxman of California called resignation a personal call: Thats up to him.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had called on Grimm to relinquish his spot on Financial Services, in a press release that was sent within minutes of Grimms own announcement he was doing just that. A spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner called it the right decision, but leadership mostly appears to be waiting to meet with Grimm before offering any real condemnations.

A formal response from GOP leaders is expected to come at their weekly press conference Tuesday morning. CQ Roll Call asked Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., if Grimm should resign. His answer was simply, I have not met with him yet.

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., told CQ Roll Call that members should be held to the highest ethical standards, but that she was still gathering information.

Others had a sharper take.

What can you say? It speaks for itself, right? The guys in legal trouble, hes innocent until the process finds otherwise but obviously if youre running for re-election its a bad place to be, said Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who is attempting to oust Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu this fall.

Cassidy, who wouldnt say whether he felt Grimm ought to resign or decline to seek a third term in office, worked closely with the New Yorker on shepherding an overhaul of the National Flood Insurance Program through the chamber earlier this year.

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