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Recchia Drops Out Of Borough President Race, May Take On Congressman Grimm

Posted By Ned Berke On January 29, 2013 @ 3:00 pm In News & Features | 2 Comments

The Daily News got the scoop that Coney Island Councilman Domenic Recchia is pulling out of his race against State Senator Eric Adams for the Brooklyn Borough President’s seat – and turning his energies to giving embattled Republican Congressman Michael Grimm the boot.

City Councilman Domenic Recchia is dropping his bid for Brooklyn Borough President – paving the way for an outspoken Afican American state lawmaker to make history.

Recchia (D-Coney Island) now plans to challenge embattled Republican Rep. Michael Grimm, several friends told the News.

… Recchia is term limited out of the Council and has been scrambling for months to find a new spot.

He long sought to run for City Controller, but begrudgingly dropped that dream after political party bigs backed Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s bid.

Recchia, who serves as the Council’s powerful finance chair, then planned to run for Borough President, promising to formally announce his bid earlier this month.

But he was never excited about the idea of seeking a post that carries little legislative power or political influence, a source said.

“That’s a step down for the Council finance chair,” a Recchia ally said.

The Grimm seat has long been a possibility for the city lawmaker, political insiders said.

Recchia contemplated running against the embattled congressman last year.

In November, Grimm defeated his Democratic challenger, Mark Murphy, 53 percent to 46 percent.

Predictably, Recchia’s office refused to confirm or deny the report to the Daily News.

Grimm, meanwhile, is still limping along after his mild victory against lackluster candidate Mark Murphy. Despite Murphy’s failure to appear at any debate against Grimm, weak fundraising, and a rather embarrassing moment of dim-wittedness captured by the New York Times, Murphy only lost to the incumbent Grimm by seven percent of the vote – probably due to the fact that Grimm is hounded by numerous scandal allegations.

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