Prosecutor Of Rep. Grimm Running for Office as a Dem

ALBANY -

An assistant U.S. attorney involved in putting together the criminal case against Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) announced a run to replace retiring Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Nassau), leading some to question the political motivations of the Grimm case, Politico reported.

However, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said Todd Kaminsky’s decision to run has no impact on the Grimm trial, currently scheduled for the summer, and that he had prosecuted several Democrats during his career.

Grimm, the only Republican to represent New York City, was charged with tax fraud in a case predating his political career.

Kaminsky was endorsed by Weisenberg, a longtime lawmaker who was credited with passing several laws easing the care of the disabled.