Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm is the subject of a new Sandy-related slam from the House Majority PAC based on comments he made about how the dreaded sequester will affect funding earmarked to help victims of the killer superstorm. Nearly $3 billion in federal aid destined for New York could be lost in the next few months if the budget crisis isn't solved. The new web video juxtaposes clips of New Yorkers talking about their shattered properties and lives with cuts from a Grimm interview with ABC in which he says "the sky's not falling" and the sequester "can't have that profound effects." Watch:
We have reached out to the office of Grimm -- one of 10 GOP lawmakers on the superPAC's vulnerability target list -- for comment. Grimm is facing a recently announced challenge from Democratic City Councilman Domenic Recchia of Brooklyn, a slice of which is also included in the Congressional district.
Asked if this was in any way making the hurricane a political football, a spox for the PAC responded, "This is about illustrating the effects of sequestration cuts on communities that have been affected by Sandy, which Grimm pronounced not 'profound.'"
From New York Daily News on March 5, 2013.