NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — There was mixed reaction Tuesday from constituents on Staten Island after their congressman announced he’s stepping down.
U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm announced Monday he’ll resign from office Jan. 5 because he would not be able to give the job his full attention anymore.
The embattled politician, apparently caving to pressure from high ranking republicans, is walking away from a third term in Congress.
His announcement overnight was an about-face for the 44-year-old — coming less than a week after he pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion, vowing to continue in his post, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.
“As long as I’m able to serve I will serve as of right now I can serve and that’s exactly what I plan on doing,” Grimm said on Dec. 23.
“The events which led to this day did not break my spirit, nor the will of the voters,” Grimm said in a statement Monday. “However, I do not believe that I can continue to be 100 percent 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.”
Grimm’s guilty plea last week to aiding in the filing of a false tax return came after he was re-elected to his Staten Island seat in November, even though he was under indictment.