FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2014 file photo, then-Rep. Michael Grimm, center, enters Brooklyn federal court before pleading guilty to a federal tax evasion charge in New York. Grimm doesn't want to talk about his time in prison. He wants your vote. Just two years out of prison he has a legitimate chance to seize the Republican nomination from sitting Congressman Dan Donovan later this month. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

In NYC, a Republican ex-con fights to return to Congress

June 02, 2018 - 9:21 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Grimm doesn't want to talk about his time in prison.

He just wants your vote.

The former Republican congressman from New York City's Staten Island is fighting his party, his president and the stigma of a felony conviction in a no-holds-barred primary later this month

Grimm is two years out of prison and he wants his old job back.

And he has a legitimate chance to seize the nomination from incumbent Dan Donovan.

But what about Grimm's six months in prison for tax fraud?

"It's a closed chapter in my life" — that's how he puts it.

President Donald Trump spotlighted the race this past week by endorsing Donovan.

Trump warns the GOP's only congressional seat in New York City would be lost if Grimm prevails on June 26.

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