Rep. Michael Grimm is back at work on Capitol Hill, but top party leaders are keeping quiet on his political future. Washington bureau reporter Michael Scotto filed the following report for NY1.
WASHINGTON - Rep. Michael Grimm returned to his regular day job Tuesday morning and tried his hardest to move past the federal indictment that threatens to destroy his political career.
"The main point is, I'm back to work, and that's exactly what I said was going to do, get back to work," Grimm said. "I'm back to work doing what the people pay me to do: represent them."
However, Grimm may not be able to count on the support of his colleagues. House Speaker John Boehner has not yet spoken with the embattled lawmaker about the criminal charges, and when he was asked if he's still fully committed to him, Boehner would only say this.
"I think all members should be held to the highest, highest ethical standard. Mr. Grimm is under indictment. He resigned from his committee assignment, and I think he made the right decision," Boehner said.
The response from other top party leaders was just as cold. The National Republican Congressional Committee signaled that Grimm may be on his own this election season.
In a statement, the group said, "We will continue to assess Congressman Grimm's re-election campaign while these legal proceedings are ongoing."
A big test for Grimm could come on Wednesday. That's when he's scheduled to sit down with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to discuss his legal and political troubles. Those meetings with party leaders could determine Grimm's future.
For now, the Staten Island Republican is giving no indication that he's even thinking about stepping aside.
"There are people that don't like Michael Grimm because Michael Grimm is outspoken. I speak my mind, I speak plainly, and it's always going to be that way," he said. "Listen, at the end of the day, I'm a Marine. I don't relent. I don't give up. And I've never abandoned my post before. I'm not going to do that now."
That could change if the party abandons him.