Michael G Grimm

Meet the Republicans Who Voted ‘No’ on the Tax Bill
13 GOP members, most from high-tax states, voted against leadership

California Rep. Darrell Issa, who voted “no” on the House GOP tax bill, finds himself in a Toss-up re-election race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republican leaders cheered passage of their sweeping tax overhaul Thursday, but 13 GOP lawmakers bucked their party and voted against the bill. 

All but one of them hailed from New York, New Jersey and California — each a high-tax state. These lawmakers largely opposed the legislation because it curtailed the state and local tax deduction, also known as SALT. The measure caps the deduction for property taxes at $10,000 while eliminating the tax break for state and local income or sales taxes. 

Vulnerable Republicans in Political Catch-22 on Tax Overhaul
Democrats will attack them for the GOP tax plan even if they vote against it

New York Rep. Dan Donovan said the tax plan “kills the people who I represent.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s decision time on the ultimatum Republican leaders have been issuing to members all fall: Pass a tax overhaul or wave the House majority goodbye. 

But some of the party’s most vulnerable members, many from high-tax states in the Northeast, have come out against the House tax plan over its curtailing of deductions for state and local taxes and mortgage interest. Others are still undecided, afraid of how the measure will affect their districts. 

Podcast: Primary Elections and Steve Bannon’s Role
The Big Story, Episode 75

Former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., poses with former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday in Washington. (Michael Caputo via Twitter)

Roll Call political reporters Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman explain how the primaries are shaping up ahead of the 2018 midterm elections amid a Republican Party civil war.

 

Grimm Says Lynch Targeted Him to Become Attorney General
Former Congressman staging primary challenge to Donovan

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., said Loretta Lynch was “put at the top of the list” for attorney general for taking him down. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former New York Rep. Michael Grimm said that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch targeted him to advance her career.

Grimm said that 14 months before his indictment for tax evasion, he was told that if Lynch could “take me down on anything” that she would be “put at the top of the list” for attorney general.

Bannon Backs Grimm in Comeback Bid
Comes as Grimm stages challenge for old seat

Former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., poses with former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday in Washington. (Michael Caputo via Twitter)

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon endorsed former New York Rep. Michael Grimm’s challenge to Republican Rep. Dan Donovan for his old congressional seat.

Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo, now a spokesman to Grimm, tweeted a photo of Grimm with the head of Breitbart News.

The Return of Michael Grimm?
Disgraced former New York congressman reportedly gauging interest for a primary challenge to Rep. Dan Donovan

Former Rep. Michael Grimm is weighing a primary challenge to his successor, Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images)

It started out small: Rumors swirled in March that disgraced former Rep. Michael Grimm was considering a political comeback by running for Staten Island borough president.

But now he’s thinking bigger: Grimm wants to win back New York’s 11th District seat, according to local media reports.

Race Rating: 2018 Montana At-Large Race Starts as Leans Republican
Gianforte not in immediate danger of losing re-election

Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte is a favorite for re-election next year. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

It’s not good to start your tenure in Congress with a misdemeanor assault charge, but that’s where Republican Greg Gianforte finds himself. It also doesn’t mean he is immediately and automatically vulnerable in 2018.

On May 25, Gianforte won a special election to replace Republican Ryan Zinke (who vacated his seat to become secretary of the Interior) in a race that received some national attention but went viral after an altercation between the candidate and a reporter resulted in assault body-slamming allegations and formal charges. Gianforte pleaded guilty on June 12 and narrowly avoided a few days in jail with 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counseling.

Disgraced former Rep. Grimm Considering a Return to Politics
New Yorker served 7 months in prison

Former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., who served seven months in prison, is eyeing a political comeback. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Disgraced former Rep. Michael Grimm is considering a return to politics by running for Staten Island’s borough president.

The New York Republican would have to start by staging a primary challenge to Republican Borough President James Oddo.

Chaka Fattah's K Street Friends Stand by Him
Through thick and thin, lobbyists tend to stick with their allies

Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah received $29,000 in contributions after his indictment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Lobbyists and lobbying organizations gave money to former Rep. Chaka Fattah through the end of April of this year, nine months after he was indicted in a racketeering conspiracy that later ended the Pennsylvania Democrat's congressional career, according to contribution disclosures filed with the Senate.

In June 2016, a federal jury in Philadelphia convicted Fattah of conspiracy, money laundering and of using campaign funds to pay off his son’s student loans, forcing his resignation from the House. In total, the congressman’s campaign received 15 donations from lobbyists after his indictment. He also received additional contributions in his name through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which he chaired.

Embattled Corrine Brown Ousted in Primary
Florida Democrat's campaign had been clouded by legal troubles

Florida Rep. Corrine Brown, who is under indictment for mail and wire fraud, lost her primary Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated as of 10: 57 p.m. | Florida Rep. Corrine Brown was defeated in her Democratic primary in the state's dramatically redrawn 5th District, as she deals with fallout following her indictment on fraud charges in July.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, former state Sen. Al Lawson unseated Brown with 48 percent of the vote to 39 percent for the 12-term congresswoman. Former congressional aide LaShonda Holloway trailed with 13 percent.