New York congressman threatens reporter on air

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., was caught on camera Tuesday threatening NY1 reporter Michael Scotto when he attempted to ask Grimm about an ongoing federal investigation into his campaign finance operation.

"I'm not speaking about anything that is off-topic, this is only about the president's speech," Grimm said, before walking off camera. Grimm quickly returned in front of the camera, and the exchange was partially caught on film.

Scotto is heard saying, "that's a valid question," while Grimm was on tape saying, "You're not a man," and "I could break you in half." Grimm then walked away. The exchange, aired by NY1, quickly picked up steam on social media late Tuesday.

A former agent with the FBI, Grimm was first elected in 2010. Democrats are targeting Grimm for defeat in 2014. The non-partisan Cook Political Report currently rates the race leaning in the GOP's favor.


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