Congressman Michael Grimm has apologized for threatening to throw a local New York reporter over a balcony and “break him in half like a boy,” but as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported last night, that wasn’t the first time the Congressman’s face grew red with rage.
On last evening’s show, New York political reporter Errol Louis revealed an incident in 2012 where Grimm threw an enraged fit and “blew his top” off camera. Louis, host of New York political program Inside City Hall, confirmed to Maddow that Grimm became enraged after an interview and wanted Louis to “take it outside” so that they could settle their differences with fisticuffs.
Asked by Maddow whether he actually took the Congressman up on his offer to fight, Louis said, “I didn’t even consider it. I’m in that part of the world like most professional employees where if you do that sort of thing, you get fired.“
Louis also said 2013 was “Grimm free” because he told his producer not to invite Grimm on his show anymore due to Grimm’s violent behavior.
Louis also says most politicians understand that talking to the press “is part of their responsibility,” so Grimm is a sort of an anomaly, even in New York.
Grimm’s boorish behavior was detailed by NY1 on Wednesday:
After the interview, Grimm became red-faced and started yelling at both Louis and me, alluding to settling the issue by “taking it outside” with our political anchor – acting as if he were in a bar instead of a TV studio. He’s also complained to me when our reporters on Staten Island asked him about the probe when he was running for re-election in 2012.
To watch the segment with Louis, skip ahead to around the 15:00 minute mark: