There are a handful of primary races tomorrow happening in Central Brooklyn, the Upper East Side, and Northwest Queens (WNYC has a complete voter guide here), but by far the most heated race has been the 11th Congressional District in Staten Island, where Representative Dan Donovan faces off against former Representative, and convicted felon, Michael Grimm. It's a race that has centered around support for President Trump and his agenda. One poll shows Donovan, who received the President's endorsement on May 30th, is leading by 7 points, but many Trump-supporting Staten Islanders, for some reason, continue to be enamored by Michael Grimm.
Maybe it's because he compared the cries of migrant children separated from their parents to a mother dropping off her kids at daycare. Maybe it's because of the support of Globalist-hating and Bitcoin-loving Steve Bannon. Maybe it's because he threatened to throw a reporter off the Capital Building balcony and break him in half, "like a boy." Or maybe it's because Grimm knows what true respect for the office of the presidency means: being awed by Trump's "massive hands."
Grimm, a former F.B.I. agent and marine who was elected to Congress in 2010, was sentenced to eight months in prison in 2015 for tax evasion and exploiting immigrant workers, but his supporters are largely forgiving of his crimes, unlike, say, the "crimes" committed by Central American mothers fleeing for their lives.
But let's not forget about his opponent Donovan, who has the entire Republican establishment backing him. Nationally, he might be best known for his involvement in the Eric Garner case in 2014. Donovan was the prosecutor in that case, and legal experts have said Donovan was instrumental in getting the grand jury not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Garner. Donovan also did not ask grand jurors to consider a lesser charge of reckless endangerment.
In an interview with the New York Times, Donovan said that the race comes down to this question: "Do they want the lawmaker or the lawbreaker?” But the question of who does, and who doesn't, deserve to be prosecuted under our laws seems very clear in the minds of supporters of Donovan and Grimm.