Staten Island congressman, challenger spar in 2nd debate

June 14, 2018 - 11:03 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — There was more mudslinging in the second debate between U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan and challenger Michael Grimm, who held the seat before pleading guilty to tax fraud in 2014 and later resigning from office.

Donovan accused his Republican primary opponent on Thursday of lying to the community when he asked for their votes, then using that support to cut a "sweeter deal" with the Justice Department.

Grimm said he was running again because his opponent has been "sleeping on the job."

The two sparred mostly on tactics as they stressed their support for the president's agenda. Both were against legalizing marijuana and banning plastic bags.

The 11th Congressional District covers conservative Staten Island as well as parts of Brooklyn.

Trump endorsed Donovan in a tweet last month. The primary is June 26.

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This story has been corrected to show Grimm pleaded guilty to tax fraud in 2014, not 2015. He resigned in 2015.

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