Congressman threatens to throw reporter from Capitol balcony

Credit: NY1 via CNN

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) is seen in a video threatening NY1 reporter Michael Scotto after Scotto attempted to ask a question about the congressman's campaign finance operation.

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by SUSAN DAVIS

USA TODAY

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 8:09 AM

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) — Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., was caught on camera Tuesday threatening NY1 reporter Michael Scotto when he attempted to ask Grimm about an ongoing federal investigation into his campaign finance operation.

“I’m not speaking about anything that is off-topic, this is only about the president’s speech,” Grimm said, before walking off camera. Grimm quickly returned in front of the camera, and the exchange was partially recorded on video

"Let me be clear to you," Grimm is heard saying. "If you ever do that to me again, I'll throw you off this f***ing balcony."

Scotto is heard saying, “that’s a valid question,” while Grimm was on tape saying, “You’re not a man; you're not man enough,” and “I could break you in half.” Grimm then walked away.

The exchange, aired by NY1, quickly picked up steam on social media late Tuesday.

A former agent with the FBI, Grimm was first elected in 2010. Democrats are targeting Grimm for defeat in 2014. The non-partisan Cook Political Report currently rates the race leaning in the GOP’s favor.

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