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An Ex-Con Looks for a Comeback in New York’s 11th District
But first, Michael Grimm needs to defeat Rep. Dan Donovan in the GOP primary

Former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., is challenging Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., for his old seat in New York’s 11th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s been 90 years since someone with a criminal conviction was elected to the House. But one felon could jump-start his congressional comeback if he wins a Republican primary next week.

GOP voters in New York’s 11th District head to the polls Tuesday to choose between Rep. Dan Donovan and former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, who resigned his seat in early 2015 and served seven months in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion.

Grimm and Donovan Go Nasty at Second Debate
Donovan hits Grimm for criminal record; Grimm hits Donovan for office dorm

Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., and former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., clashed in their second primary debate. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Dan Donovan and former Rep. Michael Grimm’s second debate led to intense attacks and barbs not dissimilar from their first debate.

Grimm is challenging Donovan in the Republican primary to win back the seat for New York’s 11th District.

Pro-Trump Super PAC Jumps Into Primary to Back Dan Donovan
America First Action is spending on direct mail and digital campaign

Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., is facing a primary challenge from former GOP Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A super PAC aligned with President Donald Trump is coming to the defense of New York Rep. Dan Donovan, who is facing a Republican primary threat from his predecessor, former Rep. Michael G. Grimm

America First Action will spend $166,000 on direct mail, phone banking, and a digital campaign to support Donovan in the Staten Island-based 11th District, according to figures from the group. 

Why Republicans Aren’t Sweating After 2 Incumbents Lose Primaries
For one, GOP lawmakers who publicly criticize Trump are getting scarcer

Alabama GOP Rep. Martha Roby was forced into a primary runoff last week, largely over her past criticism of candidate Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The defeat of one of the party’s most notorious political survivors this week wasn’t enough to scare House Republicans.

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, the disgraced former governor, had never lost an election before Tuesday. But his criticism of President Donald Trump did him in.

Giuliani to Campaign for Donovan in Heated GOP Primary
Incumbent congressman trails former Rep. Grimm in recent poll

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani will campaign for Republican Rep. Dan Donovan of New York in his primary against Michael Grimm, who held the seat before his tax evasion conviction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will take time off as President Donald Trump’s media-friendly lawyer to campaign for Republican Rep. Dan Donovan in his heated primary race against disgraced former Rep. Michael G. Grimm.

Giuliani is slated to appear at a Donovan campaign rally Saturday afternoon. The former mayor will also be the keynote speaker at a campaign fundraiser for Donovan that morning, according to local media reports.

Donovan, Grimm Clash over Possibility of Trump Pardon
Grimm accused Donovan of trying to push Grimm out of the race

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., served time in prison for tax fraud. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Rep. Dan Donovan brought up the possibility of pardoning former GOP Rep. Michael Grimm with President Donald Trump, the New York Republican said during a debate with Grimm on Monday.

Donovan said he informed Trump that former GOP Rep. Guy Molinari would be reaching out to the White House about pardoning Grimm, but said Trump was “disinterested once he heard Guy was a never-Trumper.”

Poll: Grimm Leads Donovan by Double Digits
Trump endorsed Donovan last week, saying he had a better chance to win against a Democrat

Former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., leads Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., in a new poll despite Donovan receiving the support from President Donald Trump. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A new poll shows former Rep. Michael Grimm with a 10-point lead over incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan in the Republican primary for New York’s 11th District.

The NY1 and Siena College poll asked if the congressional primary were held today, who would voters support. Grimm received 47 percent of likely voters’ support compared to Donovan’s 37 percent while 16 percent said they did not know or had no opinion.

Grimm Has Some Advice for Trump After Not Getting Endorsement
Former congressman suggests president should stay quiet in primaries

Despite his attempts to align himself with President Donald Trump, former New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm saw the president last week endorse Rep. Dan Donovan in the GOP primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former New York Rep. Michael Grimm had some advice for President Donald Trump on Sunday about not playing favorites during GOP primary elections, saying it’s a a “no-win” situation for the president to choose sides.

Trump has endorsed Grimm’s opponent for the Staten Island seat in New York’s 11th District, Rep. Dan Donovan.

Trump Backs GOP Rep. Dan Donovan Over Michael Grimm in New York Primary
President says Staten Island congressman has the best chance of winning in fall

Rep. Dan Donovan, R-NY, earned a presidential endorsement by way of Twitter on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump has backed Rep. Dan Donovan over former Rep. Michael G. Grimm in a heated New York Republican primary, despite the latter casting himself as the pro-Trump candidate backed by the president’s former advisers. 

“There is no one better to represent the people of N.Y. and Staten Island (a place I know very well) than @RepDanDonovan, who is strong on Borders & Crime, loves our Military & our Vets, voted for Tax Cuts and is helping me to Make America Great Again,” the president tweeted Wednesday night. “Dan has my full endorsement!”