A New York congressman threatened to throw a reporter off the balcony and break him in half after the State of the Union last night.
Rep. Michael Grimm has been having some campaign finance issues, specifically that a friend of his had been illegally funneling money into his campaigns.
So a reporter tried to ask him about it. Grimm stated he wasn't going to discuss anything off topic and would only talk about the State of the Union. He then walked away.
The reporter then signed off and Grimm came back. The camera kept rolling. Grimm forced the reporter to the side of the camera. The audio is not clear until the end where Grimm is heard saying, "You're not a man. I'll break you in half."
The political director for the news station later tweeted that Grimm threatened to throw the reporter over the balcony.
"I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won't be the last."
Today he apologized for his actions.
@repmichaelgrimm called to apologize. He said he "overreacted." I accepted his apology.— Michael Scotto (@mikescotto) January 29, 2014
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