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Local Grimm Supporters Say Indictment Not a Game Changer

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Most of Rep. Michael Grimm's constituents live on Staten Island where he's enjoyed strong support despite news of Monday's indictment. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.

Even as Michael Grimm was answering a federal criminal indictment in Brooklyn, many constituents outside his Staten Island district office Monday were still standing up for the embattled congressman.

"I'm a vet. He does a lot of stuff for the vets, too. I'm gonna be for him, behind his back, forever," said one supporter.

"Unless it's substantiated, unless they really come out and say this is true - I would say no. I would vote for him more. Because I really think it's gonna be a witch hunt with him being a Republican," said another supporter.

"Have to wait it out and see what happens. I think he's trying to do a great job, you know," said a third supporter.

Federal investigators have been looking into Grimm's campaign fundraising for years, though none of the current charges relate to that investigation.  So word of his arrest didn't come as a surprise to many and some were not so forgiving.

"He deserves everything he gets," said one constituent.

This isn't the first time the 11th Congressional District has been mired in scandal. Back in 2008, then Congressman Vito Fossella was forced to resign after an arrest for drunk driving led to revelations that the married lawmaker had fathered a child with another woman. That memory was still fresh for some, who say the latest news about Grimm left them weary.

"I'm tired of hearing these scandals going on. I think we should have to, you know, choose the one that really has no scandals, no records at all," said one constituent.

"It's another embarrassing, politicians wind up getting in all kinds of trouble," said another constituent.

Grimm is up for re-election this fall and it's unclear what the charges against him will mean for his campaign and whether he'll maintain the support he seems to have now as this case drags on.

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