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There's a lot of news out of NYC today but I want to get to this first.  This morning I found the following email from my Congressman, Michael Grimm (NY CD-11) in my mailbox:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the federal government shutdown. It's good to hear from you.

Over the past week I have voted consistently for legislation brought to the floor of the House of Representatives to keep our government running and avoid the shutdown. Through the entire process, I have condemned the bitter and partisan rhetoric coming from both sides of the aisle, and from the start I have advocated for a compromise solution that would keep the government from shutting down.

To be clear, I do not support a government shutdown, no matter what the objective is. While I have consistently stated my opposition to Obamacare, I do not believe that shutting down the government and abandoning vital public services is an acceptable way to address issues of policy. It is unconscionable to do this at the expense of seniors, military service members, and other federal workers and ordinary civilians dependant on the continued functioning of our government. I have heard from many constituents in the past week, and I truly understand the pain that this gridlock is causing across our district and the entire country.

Rest assured that I, like you, know we must end this shutdown immediately. That is why I am one of three Republicans leading the effort to strongly urge my leadership to reach a compromise while garnering support from other pragmatic members to bolster our position and end this shutdown. I invite you to follow me on Facebook www.facebook.com/repmichaelgrimm and Twitter @repmichaelgrimm or visit my website at www.grimm.house.gov. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Sincerely,

Congressman Michael Grimm

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Problem is he voted for the shutdown per Mega Vote:

Continuing Resolution – Defunding of the Affordable Care Act Amendment - Vote Passed (231-192, 8 Not Voting)

The second amendment, sponsored by Republican Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, would reinstate the House language eliminated in the Senate bill to remove funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Only 2 Democrats (Jim Matheson of Utah and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina) and 2 New York Republicans (Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna) crossed party lines to vote in favor of or against the amendment, respectively.

Rep. Michael Grimm voted YES

Health Care Subsidy - Vote Passed (235-191, 6 Not Voting)

Returning last week from the August recess, the House passed a bill that would block premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the 2010 health care reform law until a program to verify household income and other qualifications for the subsidies is certified as operational. Only five Democrats joined the entire Republican caucus to vote in favor of the legislation sponsored by Tennessee Republican Diane Black. The Senate is unlikely to vote on the bill, and the White House administration has already vowed to veto it.

Rep. Michael Grimm voted YES

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Staten Island’s Grimm joins ‘lockstep’ Tea vote
Rep. Michael Grimm voted with the Tea Party for a bill that pushed the federal government toward shutdown, a move Democrats hope to hang around his neck in his 2014 reelection bid.

As the House voted repeatedly Monday to attach an Obamacare delay to government funding bills, Grimm (R-Staten Island) and other Republicans from moderate districts, clearly uneasy, voted with their party leaders — but blasted Tea Party conservatives for forcing the showdown.

Additionally, on 2 other bills he didn't even bother to vote:

Employer Health Insurance Mandate Delay – Passage - Vote Passed (264-161, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill that would delay a requirement from the 2010 health care overhaul for one year until the start of 2015. The requirement would mandate businesses with at least 50 full-time employees provide health insurance to their workers or pay a penalty. Morgan Griffith of Virginia was the only Republican to vote against the bill.

Rep. Michael Grimm voted Not Voting

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Individual Health Insurance Mandate Delay – Passage - Vote Passed (251-174, 8 Not Voting)

After postponing the employer insurance mandate, the House moved a bill to postpone the same requirement of most individuals to maintain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty until the beginning of 2015. Once again, Griffith of Virginia was the only Republican to vote against the bill. Both the employer and individual mandate delays are unlikely to receive a vote in the Senate.

Rep. Michael Grimm voted Not Voting

Grimm has a Democrat opposing him named Dominic Recchia.  Although Recchia wouldn't be my supreme choice to go against Grimm because he lives on the Brooklyn side of the District which is about 25% and the Staten Island side is 75% he's gone after Grimm for his vote against ACA/Obamacare:

http://brooklyneagle.com/...

I'm calling out Grimm on his votes and this letter and hope you will also.  Additionally, when I called his office earlier this week I was told that the "people" don't want ACA/Obamacare and when I pointed out that the law was passed by the House, Senate, upheld by the Supreme Court and President Obama won re-election by 5 million votes against Romney who ran based on Obamacare/ACA he told me "those things don't make a difference, the people don't want it."  Maybe Congressman Grimm should talk to his staff and let them know that he's in favor of this.

Originally posted to Rosalie907 on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 06:12 PM PDT.

Also republished by Knowledge Democrats.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

    by Rosalie907 on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 06:12:55 PM PDT

  •  Hey Congressman Michael Grimm, (5+ / 0-)

    just want to tell you, I've never heard so much bull shit in my life.

    Anyone still thinking that wanting to own a gun is normal? Wanting to own a gun is an immediate indicator that you should be the last person to have one.

    by pollbuster on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 06:24:43 PM PDT

    •  Makes you want to vomit (1+ / 0-)
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      And we here in his district have to hear it everyday.

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

      by Rosalie907 on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 06:31:46 PM PDT

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    •  He was pretty weasely and two faced (1+ / 0-)
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      over the Syria thing, oh so long ago - in the before time when there was still a semblance of government - last month. What's on his waffle plate for November?

       He is one of the ones outside the tea belt that should worry about '14. A lot.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 10:01:04 PM PDT

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      •  Tea Party on SI (0+ / 0-)

        From what I know is small and Grimm was endorsed by them in 2010 and the one in Brooklyn is practically non existant.  There are changes going in politics on SI (this is the majority of the district - 75%) where last year Obama won the Island and earlier this week the Island voted for Tish James (who is black) for Public Advocate.  

        In 2014 he'll be going against a well financed candidate with 2 problems:  Dominic Recchia's zip code is in Brooklyn NOT SI where the residents are very territorial and feel that their Congressman should live on the Island and in 2001 after 9/11 when the City was bleeding jobs home owners taxes had to be raised and he voted for an 18.5% tax increase.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

        by Rosalie907 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 02:00:57 AM PDT

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  •  Grimm is all dishonor, trying to deny his vote (2+ / 0-)
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    for a Shut Down and now saying he is trying to open the government again.  This is typical GOP, Tea Party, Koch Addict falsehood talk.  He needs to be beaten at the polls preferably with a huge margin.

    •  The best was when I called his office (1+ / 0-)
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      About his votes.  I'm only sorry I was so angry with the lies that I failed to get the name of the guy I spoke to.

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

      by Rosalie907 on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 06:34:15 PM PDT

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  •  Mega Vote is a handy little newsletter to have... (3+ / 0-)
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    when holding your representatives accountable.

    I've been on their email list for years.

    'Cuz freedom can't protect itself ~~ EFF ~ EPIC ~ ACLU

    by markthshark on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 06:39:18 PM PDT

    •  Yes, Mega Vote is great (2+ / 0-)
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      I've been on it for several years also and its a good tool to have, especially to call out these Republicon Congressmen (Senators too).  

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

      by Rosalie907 on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 08:05:17 PM PDT

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  •  Is the split that wide? (0+ / 0-)

    Rosalie- I don't think the split between the Brooklyn and Staten Island sides of the district are quite 75/25 in favor of the island.

    The gap has shrunk quite a bit- I think I read in the Advance some time ago its more like 60/40 or 65/35.  Still a considerable island advantage, but not as much.

    Recchia is pretty good- he's used his position as Chair of the City Council Finance Committee to help a number of island organizations and schools with funding.

    ======================================================== Those who can, teach. Those who can't teach, make rules about teaching.

    by oxfdblue on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 03:43:22 AM PDT

    •  100% of Staten Island (0+ / 0-)

      Is in CD-11 and they have about 600,000 voters living there.  The balance is from Brooklyn.  Anyway, no matter what the amount is they still vote territorial on most of the Island and not for the best candidate to work for them.  They don't see that their problems are also our problems its just the difference in zip code.

      You're right about what Recchia has done as head of Finance on the City Council.   But that was at the expense of Brooklyn.  As an example, the Gil Hodges Baseball field was destroyed during Sandy and needs over $100,000 in repairs.  We went the whole season with only outhouses and no concession stand plus their were problems with the field in which there were a few injuries to the kids.  Recchia didn't do anything to help with funding for the repairs.  FYI, Our Lady of Grace rents the field from the MTA but OLG is responsible for all repairs, and don't have the funds to do it.

      Another thing, have been asking him for about 2 years to help us get a traffic light or even a 4 way stop sign on an Avenue that has heavy traffic and where there have been many accidents (one just this past Saturday) and near misses.  All  I get from Recchia is that "yea, even my wife (he lives 1 block from me) is after me on that."  He then has said that DOT has turned us down twice.  I'm hoping when Mark Treyger is elected to replace him (since Recchia is finally term limited) we can get something done on this matter.

      Recchia's bff's are developers at the expense of residents.

      Anyway, I will vote for him anytime over Grimm.  

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

      by Rosalie907 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 01:29:52 PM PDT

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