Rep. Michael Grimm, R-Staten Island., has yet to offer an apology after he threatened a NY1 reporter, saying in a statement late Tuesday he doubts he’ll be the last member of Congress to “tell off a reporter.”
Grimm issued a statement after he threatened NY1’s reporter Michael Scotto, who was interviewing the congressman after the State of the Union Address, USA Today reported with the video below.
Scotto attempted to ask Grimm, a former FBI agent first elected in 2010, about an federal investigation into his campaign finances.
Grimm stormed off and then came back and said to Scotto: ”Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f—— balcony.”
“No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough,” he continued. “I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”
Grimm didn’t apologize in this statement:
I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.
Updated: Scotto tweeted that Grimm called and apologized.