2014 Man of the Year: Michael Grimm

Rep. Michael Grimm (R., N.Y.) / AP
• January 1, 2015 5:00 am


In 2014 perhaps no politician was more in tune with the frustration of the American electorate than Staten Island congressman Michael Grimm.

His January exchange with an obnoxious television reporter from NY1 following the State of the Union was an instant classic.

"Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this fucking balcony…No, no, you're not man enough, you're not man enough…I'll break you in half. Like a boy," the congressman told the diminutive Michael Scotto after being asked for roughly the billionth time about an ongoing federal investigation into his allegedly improper tax filings and rumored dealings with certain community organizers.

Video of the exchange immediately went viral and the predictable liberal outrage machine cranked up. Calls for Grimm to resign cascaded from the left and prognostications of Rep. Grimm’s doom at the polls were legion.

In April, the FBI, operating under the auspices of noted Obama pal, US Attorney General Eric Holder, arrested Grimm in a 20-count indictment and assigned US Attorney Loretta Lynch to his case.

After posting $400,000 in bail, Grimm immediately went back to work, hitting the campaign trail hard and by mid-November everything was coming up roses for the thoroughbred from the thirteenth.

Grimm coasted to an easy victory on Election Day, even scoring an enthusiastic endorsement from of the liberal New York Daily News.

His federal prosecutor Lynch was also nominated to replace Holder, thus removing her from his case and giving Grimm a vote on her department’s budget.

EDITOR’S NOTE: On December 22, Grimm agreed to plead guilty to a single felony count of tax evasion. Then, one week later, he announced his resignation from the House. The Free Beacon thanks him for his service to our country.

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