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My Turn: Grimm apology for a death threat . . . really?

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Have you heard what Republican Representative Michael Grimm was doing yesterday?
Was he representing the best interests of his Staten Island constituents who pay him $174,000.00 a year plus benefits to help them recover from the effects of last year’s Hurricane Sandy?
No.
Was he fighting to create jobs for his constituents or working to improve the quality of education for children who live in his district?
No.
Was he defending the Constitution of the United States of America?
No.
So, what was he doing?
He was threatening to kill Michael Scotto, a reporter for NY1!
Why?
Because Scotto dared to ask him about allegations of Grimm’s mishandling of campaign finances in 2010.
How?
Grimm said, “Let me be clear to you! If you ever do that again” (ask a question about allegations of illegal campaign finances), “I’ll throw you off this F#@%&*g balcony!
May I remind you that these are the words of a member of the House of Representatives of the United States of America, someone who's been entrusted to protect and serve all Americans?
Grimm is a congressman and though he doesn't know it, he is held to a higher standard which means that he should never, under any circumstance, threaten the life of anyone, much less a reporter who simply and respectfully asked a question for which his constituents deserve an answer.
Michael Scotto, a plucky little fellow, set aside the death threat for a moment, and contended that he’d asked a “valid question”.
How did Grimm reply?
The man evidently wasn’t smart enough to know that it is not a good idea to threaten another person’s life . . . especially on camera . . . because he did it again, growling “I’ll break you in half, like a boy!”
Wow!
This guy’s something else!
The good people of Staten Island are likely wondering today whether a man whose arrogance and sense of entitlement give him the right to threaten the life of a reporter is the best person to represent their interests.
Hmmm.
Someone evidently thumped Grimm on the head last night and told him something he didn’t already know . . . that, if he ever hoped to have a snowball’s chance in Hades of being reelected to his cushy job, he would have to apologize.
So, this morning, Grimm managed to string together the following ‘apology’: “I was wrong. I shouldn’t have allowed my emotions to get the better of me and lose my cool. I have apologized to Michael Scotto, which he graciously accepted . . .
And, then, despite his willingness to throw Scotto off a balcony and break him in half yesterday, Grimm wanted us to know today that he is really a good guy, so he added, “and will be scheduling a lunch soon.
What do you think?
Should Michael Scotto go to that lunch alone?
Or, should he bring along a bodyguard . . . or at least a witness . . . or should he just keep his mouth shut?
You tell me.

Comments? Questions? Contact the author at: davyjones@businesswriters.biz or Tweet: @DavyZJones

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