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December 21, 2014

New York: Democrat Recchia to Challenge Grimm

New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia, a Democrat, will run for Congress, taking on GOP Rep. Michael G. Grimm in the Staten Island-anchored 11th District.

The Staten Island Advance first reported the news. Recchia then tweeted, “I’m in.

Grimm, the only House Republican to represent New York City, is a top target for Democrats in New York and Washington, D.C. He faced wave after wave of bad press about alleged ethical improprieties in 2012, but he was never charged with a crime.

Grimm, in his second term, faced a weak Democratic opponent and won re-election in 2012.

Recchia lives in Brooklyn, which could make winning over voters on Staten Island — which makes up the majority of the district — more difficult.

And he might face a primary: Former Rep. Michael E. McMahon, a Democrat, told CQ Roll Call last month that he was also considering a bid against Grimm. Grimm unseated McMahon in 2010.

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