* A source who attended a New York AFL-CIO breakfast for the state’s congressional delegation yesterday related to us a funny – and rather awkward – moment. During the breakfast, Long Island Democratic Congressman Steve Israel announced that he would have to leave early in order to go to a meeting of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats’ election arm, which Israel chairs. “But no one here should worry,” Israel reassured fellow delegation members, according to our source, referring to the fact that the DCCC is targeting a number of Republican incumbents who were in attendance. While most people laughed, Staten Island Republican Congressman Michael Grimm – who has been targeted with repeated attacks by the DCCC – sat stone-faced. “You’re not laughing, Grimm,” Israel said, poking at his Republican colleague. According to our source, Grimm then picked up and wielded a butter knife from a dining table at the catered event, looked at Israel, and said simply, “I’m not laughing.” Responded Israel: “The difference between you and my Democratic colleagues is that you actually show the knife.” A spokeswoman for Grimm confirmed our source’s account of the event.
A spokesman for the campaign of Democrat Mark Murphy, who is running against Grimm, passed along the below statement:
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