Young Republican says Brooklyn G.O.P. abandoned Grimm; Brooklyn chair says it isn’t so

Michael Grimm in New Hampshire. (Reid Pillifant)
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The Brooklyn Republican Party enthusiastically backed Michael Grimm's primary opponent in 2010, but the county's chairman, Craig Eaton, told me there's no truth to a rumor today that the party has declined to carry petitions for Grimm's re-election.

"We endorsed Congressman Grimm before the Staten Island G.O.P. and before the Brooklyn Conservative Party this year," Eaton told me this afternoon.

Earlier today, Glenn Nocera, who runs the Brooklyn Young Republicans Club, posted on Facebook that he had been contacted by Grimm's campaign to help with petitioning.

"They are in urgent need for people to help them in Brooklyn to carry Petitions for Congressman Grimm, for his re-election," he wrote, adding, "I think that is not a great message to send to the public that Brooklyn does not support Congressman Grimm."

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Eaton told me there was nothing at all to that.

"That's Glenn Nocera's fabrication to try and bolster the image of his young Republican Club, which is no longer sanctioned by the New York State Republican Party," Eaton said.

A spokesperson for Grimm's campaign did not immediately return an email for comment.