McMahon shun! Newbie swipes Ridge House seat back for GOP

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Freshman Rep. Mike McMahon drowned in a Republican tsunami as newcomer GOP challenger Michael Grimm trounced him by a 51.5 to 48 percent vote, early returns show.

Grimm, a Marine vet and former FBI agent, had waged a campaign that tapped into voter anger over rising deficits in general and President Obama’s health care reform bill — ironically one of the president’s signature initiatives that McMahon did not support.

In his victory speech late Tuesday night, Grimm continued the rhetoric.

“The first thing I’m going to do is fire Nancy Pelosi,” he said, referring to the Speaker of the House, a California Democrat. “We’re going to take Capitol Hill and fire her.”

Grimm also addressed President Obama in his speech, saying he wanted the president to know, “This is our country and we want it back.”

In separate comments to reporters, Grimm said that his first agenda item after electing a Republican Speaker is to seek the repeal of the health care reform law.

“If we can’t repeal it,” he said, “we’ll defund it.”

For his part, a dour McMahon told his supporters that he was caught in “changing national tides.”

“I wish the outcome was different, but this is what the voters of Brooklyn and Staten Island want — and I respect that.”

He declined to say what his next move would be.

Tuesday’s vote marked the end of a political roller coaster ride where McMahon had to fend off not only Grimm, but the growing nationwide disatisfaction with the Democratic-controlled Congress.

Through most of the election, Grimm rattled his Marine Corps saber, accusing McMahon of being a “tax-and-spend liberal” who’s voted with Pelosi “93 percent of the time.”

McMahon, who had a large spending advantage over Grimm, usually appeared cool under pressure, falling back on what he called his “centrist” voting record that’s differed from Pelosi’s on several pivotal pieces of legislation, including the health care bill. McMahon also said he would push to extend the Bush-administration tax cuts for the wealthy until the economy properly rebounds.

At the same time, he would take swipes at Grimm, describing him as a failed business owner who was too conservative for the mostly Democratic Bay Ridge-Staten Island district.

That district, however, had been solidly in the Repubilcan column until McMahon’s predecessor, Vito Fossella, was arrested for drunk driving and subsequent reports surfaced that he had a secret second family in Virginia.

In a related election defeat for the Democrats, Assemblywoman Janele Hyer-Spencer (D–Bay Ridge) lost her seat to GOP newcomer Nicole Malliotakis, a former lobbyist for Con Ed. The Republican got 60 percent of the vote.

“This victory proves that the people in this community are tired of the reckless spending and one-party rule,” she said at her victory party on Staten Island.

Updated 5:43 pm, November 3, 2010: Includes comment from McMahon.
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Reasonable discourse

sal from bensonhurst says:
I voted for Grimm. It's about time to send that phony McMahon packing.
Nov. 3, 2010, 9:13 am
smacross1 from Bay Ridge says:
Good job Bay Ridge. Figures that a Republican section of Brooklyn would vote for the guy afraid to actually debate the topics. Like most of the Republican party, we've chosen the cowardly route. Pathetic.
Nov. 3, 2010, 9:56 am
Voter from Bay Ridge says:
It is unfortunate that more people didn't come out to vote. If they had, I believe McMahon would have won. He lost yesterday by a very narrow margin. He was a great supporter of Bay Ridge and his district in Staten Island. He will be missed as an elected official in our district.
Nov. 3, 2010, 10:06 am
Dave from Park Slope says:
Cowardly McMahon (a DINO if ever there was one) is replaced by a Tea Partying nutjob. I think this district gets what it deserves, no?
Nov. 3, 2010, 10:16 am
Ray from Bay Ridge says:
I'm sorry to see Congressman McMahon go. He actually understood that the 13th district extended beyond Staten Island, sending a lot of money to Fort Hamilton and other parts of SW Brooklyn.

Unfortunately, I don't see Grimm doing any of that. He keeps pushing his ultra-conservative platform, and refuses to look toward the center. Guy Molinari will probably dictate all his legislative votes. What a shame!

In regards to the "Voter from Bay Ridge" @10:06, I voted at PS 185 around 11:40 yesterday morning, and it was surprisingly packed. From the results I saw, McMahon did carry the Brooklyn section of the district (about 25% of the total population) 52-48.
Nov. 3, 2010, 10:26 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
The Grimm Reaper!
Nov. 3, 2010, 10:40 am
Jack from Huguenot says:
Here we go again, Grimm is another puppet of the Political Machine on Staten Island Created by Guy Molinari. When does this stop, we have enough corruption in government.
Nov. 3, 2010, 11:09 am
Sande from St. George says:
It really doesnt matter WHO is IN office. What matters now is the follow-uP. Folks have to start insisting/calling/emailing/writing the politicians to address the issues that concern them. It's about more than just voting. EVERYONE needs to make some noise in the right way.
Nov. 3, 2010, 11:12 am
John from New Dorp says:
How legal are these elections, when Staten Island has politicians running unopposed? For example, Andrew Lanza? Cannot believe the Democratic Party could not produce a viable candidate to run against him. Is this fair that if he votes for himself he wins?

This Staten Island Political Machine needs to be put to bed. Look what Vito Fossella did and these ignorant people go more. Stop the bull here, these people are currupt criminals.
Nov. 3, 2010, 11:13 am
Nancy from Sunset Park says:
God help us all!!!!!
Nov. 3, 2010, 2:12 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Swipes? No - he got more votes.

Swiping is how Al Franken became a Senator.
Nov. 3, 2010, 3:33 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
I'd love to hear Grimm explain just "who" has "his" country, and what he plans to do to get it back. Why doesn't he have the guts to just spew his Birther nonsense openly, instead of dog-whistling.
Nov. 3, 2010, 4:45 pm
Tully from Bay Ridge says:
Grimm will be ineffectual in office. He will do nothing and will be defeated in 2012 - hopefully avenged by McMahon. McMahon is a good man and was a great representative of a district which is very hard to straddle. Staten Island and SOuthwest Brooklyn are markedly different areas and it is hard to keep both sides happy. McMahon took alot of heat for voting against Obamacare. But he did what he felt was best for his district. Grimm only cares about Grimm. He is a smug and has serious anger issues. I have a feeling some dirt or surprises will surface about that guy. There will be ZERO ideas, only negativity, from this new Republican regime.
Nov. 3, 2010, 5:41 pm
Kevin from Bay Ridge says:
Grimm won, too bad for the park slope leftists of this blog, good for Brooklyn, and good for America.

This paper always seems to be about zero ideas, and only negativity about anything Republican.
Nov. 4, 2010, 3:43 pm
bklynguido from the ridge says:
that greek girl is suhweeeeeeet
Nov. 4, 2010, 8 pm
Varina from Hey Guido says:
She's only half a Greek.

Half Cuban
Nov. 4, 2010, 11:22 pm

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