"Absolutely not. Everything we're talking about here happened before I was in Congress and for the last four years, I've been a very effective, very strong member of Congress, that I've served the people of Staten Island very well, and I think the proof of that is the will of the people," he said.
It seems the will of the people is no match for the will of House Speaker John Boehner telling Grimm to get lost. The dream is over for Michael Grimm. He will resign next week.
"The events which led to this day did not break my spirit, nor the will of the voters," Grimm said in a statement. "However, I do not believe that I can continue to be 100% effective in the next Congress, and therefore, out of respect for the office and the people I so proudly represent, it is time for me to start the next chapter of my life."
Thus ends (for now) the odd saga of the slightly mobbed up former FBI agent and journo tossing enthusiast who cruised to re-election despite facing a 20 count federal indictment because he was facing a hapless Dem opponent and because Staten Island, yo.
It should be noted that Grimm, who vigorously protested his complete innocence for months while campaigning, at no time ever faced charges for running a business he named "Healthalicious," a travesty of justice if there ever was one.
We'll miss you, Rep Grimm, at least until you probably make a successful run for Staten Island Borough President in 2017.
UPDATE: Blake Zeff, as good a writer on all things New York politics as there is at the moment, masterfully destroys Grimm for lying his ass off to Staten Island voters during his re-election campaign in hopes of avoiding a stint in a federal prison. It's very good and you should read it.
It will take some time, specifically until the announcement of his criminal sentence, to fully appreciate the snow job Michael Grimm just pulled on Staten Island voters. But we already know plenty enough to call it a criminal's virtuoso parting heist.
(image via DonkeyHotey's Flickr)