Donovan trolls Grimm over his tax fraud conviction
Staten Island Republican Rep. Dan Donovan is launching a website to rap his GOP primary opponent Michael Grimm’s record as a convicted tax cheat.
The website, “The Grimm Reality,” coincides with Tax Day on Tuesday, the deadline for Americans to file their tax returns.
“It’s tax day in America, and while everyone has filed their taxes and paid their hard-earned money to the government, Michael Grimm still thinks he’s above the law,” the anti-Grimm website says.
“Even after serving prison time for hiding nearly $1 million in income from the IRS, Michael Grimm still owes approximately $900,000 in back taxes to New York State.
“He owes huge debts to the tax department, his campaign, and the people who paid off his criminal legal bills, but that hasn’t stopped him from driving around in a Lexus sports car. For Michael Grimm, the rules apply to everyone except him.”
Grimm, a former marine and FBI agent, is attempting a comeback by running in the Republican primary for his old congressional seat against Donovan, the former Staten Island district attorney, who succeeded him.
Grimm served eight months in prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud for under-reporting wages at a restaurant he owned as well as filing false tax documents.
Grimm defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Michael McMahon — now the borough’s district attorney — in the Tea Party wave of 2010 and easily won re-election in 2014 while under federal indictment in the tax case, claiming his innocence and charging he was the victim of a politically motivated prosecution.
Just weeks after the election, he pleaded guilty and was forced to resign his seat.
The Republican and Conservative Party establishments have rallied around incumbent Donovan. But Grimm still has die-hard followers in the congressional district that covers south Brooklyn as well as Staten Island.
Grimm responded, “Not surprising that Desperate Dan resorts to slander to distract from his own failed stint in Congress. Everyone knows I hired a few delivery boys off the books and was politically prosecuted by the Obama Justice Department for a violation other business owners get fined for, but that doesn’t change the fact that I was a much more effective member of Congress. I’ll be happy to release my tax returns when Dan has his first substantive bill signed into law or starts supporting our President when it actually matters.”