Dan Donovan, Michael Grimm

Donovan: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File; Grimm: AP Photo/John Minchillo, File

Donovan and Grimm to Face Off in Republican Congressional Primary

June 25, 2018 - 4:59 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- President Trump has a lot of support from people on Staten Island, and Republicans there and in a part of Brooklyn will have to decide whether to keep Congressman Dan Donovan or give Michael Grimm a second chance at his old job on Tuesday.

Ultimately, the fate of the race boils down to Trump and who is the bigger supporter of his ideas.

Donovan already has the endorsement of the president, but Grimm claims that he is a bigger suporter of the president's agenda.

Grimm, 48, is a former Marine and FBI agent who represented the area from 2011 to 2015.

He survived a political firestorm in 2014 after his violent threat against a reporter on Capitol Hill was caught on video. Following President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, Grimm threatened to “break in half” NY1 reporter Michael Scotto and throw him over the balcony at the U.S. Capitol.

A year later, Grimm was forced to resign after pleading guilty to felony tax fraud involving a restaurant he partially owned before going to Congress.

Nevertheless, his fans have decided to forgive his conviction as they believe he is a candidate that effectively portrays their interests.

Donovan, however, believes the president trusts him for a reason, citing his good work with the military, his support of veterans and his emphasis on border security. 

"He betrayed us," says Donovan about his opponent. "He doesn't have the right to ask for our trust again."

Grimm on the other hand strongly believes that there are people in the district willing to give him a second chance.

"Even people that don't like me, even people that will support my opponent will say that I was a better congressman," said Grimm.

(© 2018 1010 WINS. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)