[UPDATE BELOW] Rep. MIchael Grimm, the Republican who represents Staten Island, went completely aggro during an interview with NY1 reporter Michael Scotto last night, to the point of telling Scotto that he'd throw him off the balcony of Washington D.C.'s Capitol Building. For good measure, he added, "I'll break you in half. Like a boy."

Earlier this year, a Houston woman, supposedly a "personal friend" of Grimm's, was arrested for allegedly using straw donors to contribute to his 2010 campaign. So it would make sense for a reporter to ask about that, but Grimm became extremely upset when Scotto brought up campaign finances after the State of the Union address. Here's video, plus transcript via NY1:

"And just finally before we let you go, we haven't had a chance to talk about some of the..." Scotto began before Grimm cut him off.

"I'm not speaking to you off-topic, this is only about the president," said Grimm, before walking off camera.

"So Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances," Scotto said before tossing back to the station. But as the camera continued to roll, Grimm walked back up to Scotto and began speaking to him in a low voice.

"What?" Scotto responded. "I just wanted to ask you..."

Grimm: "Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this f-----g balcony."

Scotto: "Why? I just wanted to ask you..."

[[cross talk]]

Grimm: "If you ever do that to me again..."

Scotto: "Why? Why? It’s a valid question."

[[cross talk]]

Grimm: "No, no, you're not man enough, you're not man enough. I'll break you in half. Like a boy."

Grimm claims that Scotto was acting inappropriately—by asking him questions not related to the State of the Union. The Congressman said in a statement, "I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last."

NY1 Political Director Bob Hardt disagreed, saying, "It is extremely disturbing when anyone threatens one of our reporters - let alone a U.S. Congressman. The NY1 family is certainly alarmed and disappointed by the behavior of Representative Grimm and demands a full apology from him. This behavior is unacceptable."

Grimm's campaign finances have been under scrutiny for years, including alleged illegal donations from followers of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Tosef Pinto. Of course, that seems tame compared to his days as a FBI agent, when he allegedly threatened other people with murder, brandished a firearm in a crowded nightclub, then ordered all the "white people" to leave.

Update 11:25 a.m.: At a press conference this morning, de Blasio condemned Grimm, telling reporters, "You don't threaten to throw reporters physically. I think all of us who go into public life accept a higher set of standards ... We always have to ask the question, 'what does it say to our constituents? What does it say to the people? What does it say to our young people? A leader can't do that [threaten people]. It's just absolutely unacceptable and if a leader does that, those in power .. have to speak out. I would hope that the House Leadership says very strongly, this is unacceptable behavior."

And Scotto says Grimm called him this morning to apologize, and has accepted the Congressman's invitation to lunch, hopefully at a ground-floor restaurant where the only thing broken in half will be bread.