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December 20, 2014

New York: Recchia Meets With DCCC Officials to Plot Grimm Challenge

New York: Recchia Meets With DCCC Officials to Plot Grimm Challenge

Israel met with a recruit this week to discuss his challenge to a New York Republican representative. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:26 p.m. | A trio of top-ranking Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee officials huddled with New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia on Thursday to plan a challenge to Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y.

According to a senior national Democratic strategist, Recchia met in Washington with two fellow New Yorkers, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, as well as DCCC Recruitment Chairwoman Donna Edwards.

They discussed strategy and Recchia’s “path to victory” in New York’s 11th District, the source said. Recchia declared his candidacy in mid-February.

Grimm will likely be a top target in 2014. Last cycle, he made headlines for all the wrong reasons, but his Democratic opponent was weak and Grimm won re-election by 7 points.

Democrats say Recchia is a stronger recruit, and as of now, he is the only Democrat in the race.

But as CQ Roll Call previously noted, Recchia is from Brooklyn, which poses be a geographic obstacle because the district is mostly based in Staten Island.

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