Bloomberg News: Recchia's Impressive Fundraising Poses Threat to Incumbent Grimm

08.21.2013

Writing for Bloomberg News, Jonathan Salant and Greg Giroux have cited New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia's impressive fundraising for his congressional campaign as a prime example of dangers for incumbents in the 2014 elections.

Posting big fundraising numbers, Recchia is considered a strong challenger to incumbent Michael Grimm for New York's 11th Congressional District. Bloomberg News reports:

"In the 11th District, which takes in Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, New York City Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr. had $666,072 in the bank as of June 30, compared with $576,733 for two-term Republican incumbent Michael Grimm, who also had debts of $455,649, most of it for legal fees. He faces Justice Department and House Ethics Committee investigations into his fundraising, including allegations he accepted illegal campaign donations."

The article picks Grimm's district as one of 13 vulnerable districts nationwide in which voters supported a presidential candidate of one party and a House member of the other in 2012. It also considers Recchia to be one of only four challengers that "have established well-funded starts." 

Read the Bloomberg News piece in full.