Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Brooklyn Congressman Grimm Masquerades as Waiter, Fumes As Vast Conspiracy Falls Apart

The always-entertaining U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) was spotted in waiter's garb, taking orders at Gino’s Restaurant in Bay Ridge last night.

This is not the first time the congressman has worked undercover, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

Grimm has donned the uniforms of a U.P.S. delivery man, mailman, firefighter, and school principal.

Grimm definitely had less egg on his face as a waiter than he has as a congressman: it came out yesterday that Grimm's charges of a political conspiracy aimed against his campaign didn't hold water.

On Sept. 23 Grimm said that his re-election office had been vandalized and burglarized. Not only had someone thrown rocks through the window, Grimm said, but "vandals also entered the office and corrupted the computer files, erasing the hard-drive of the campaign computer server, which contained confidential campaign files and polling data."

"I do believe this is a politically motivated crime, and will continue to work closely with the NYPD in identifying and prosecuting those responsible,” Grimm said at that time.

Now it turns out that the crime was a tad overstated.

In reality a 13-year-old and his friend broke the window on a lark, and as for the "corrupted" files and "erased" hard drive, a law enforcement source told the NY Daily News "it appears that a campaign staffer wiped the hard drives accidentally after mistakenly inserting a Linux system disc into a Windows machine."

Politicker reports that Congressman Michael Grimm’s Democratic opponent, Mark Murphy, is "apparently enjoying" the ongoing saga: “The wild accusations and apparently totally false conspiracy theories of the last 48 hours have made this bizarre situation a sad spectacle,” Murphy's spokesman said.

Wonder what was on those trashed computer drives? Probably nothing to do with the federal investigation into the congressman’s 2010 fundraising operations, "where media reports allege he extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the congregation of an influential rabbi."

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