By Charles F. Otey, Esq.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
In the aftermath of R-C. Rep. Michael Grimm’s recent episode involving some nasty comments to NY1 reporter Mike Scotto, some Democrats -- from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi down to local party leaders -- are starting to believe Grimm’s Staten Island/Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst seat can be taken back by former Democratic Councilman Domenic Recchia.
With her party facing a drawn-out voter rebellion over the unpopular Affordable Care Act, Congresswoman Pelosi knows that chances of regaining her house majority gavel are slim to nothing. Yet, she’s not a quitter, so she will be upset to learn that an intra-party feud in Brooklyn is endangering Recchia’s Congressional candidacy.
Assemblyman Bill Colton, the main feuder, has reportedly had a prolonged argument against Recchia, stemming from their intra-party battle over a controversial Lafayette High School principal who was fired back in 2007.
This is the kind of party power feud that means more to veteran legislator Colton than helping his party in its attempt to bring down Grimm, who is a long time target of the Democratic National Campaign Committee.
Since the Grimm-Recchia race will certainly attract national spotlight and added funding, the 10-term Colton will be regarded as a spoiler, even if he finally gives his lukewarm backing to Recchia, who will need a Brooklyn landslide to have an outside chance to unseat Staten Islander Grimm.
Once again, a tip of our hat to late Democratic Cong. Dem. Leader Tip O’Neill, who wisely advised that "all politics is local."