With Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) set to resign from Congress after pleading guilty to a tax fraud charge, the frontrunner to replace him appears to be Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who most recently did not secure an indictment in the Eric Garner chokehold case.
The New York Observer is reporting that Donovan is “lining up support behind-the-scenes” in his bid to occupy Grimm’s seat and quotes a source close to the Staten Island Republican Party who says he will “probably emerge as the clear front-runner for the party’s support.”
In a statement to the paper, Donovan said:
“Last night and this morning, with the announcement that a vacancy will exist, my phone has been ringing off the hook. I am deeply flattered by the enthusiastic expressions of support I have received over the last 12 hours, and I am very seriously considering the race. I will make an announcement after the due deliberation such an important decision deserves.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is expected to announce a special election to fill Grimm’s seat sometime in the coming weeks or months.
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