Rep. Dan Donovan

Jack Gruber-USA TODAY NETWORK

Donovan, Grimm Trade Barbs In First Debate

June 11, 2018 - 8:10 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (R-New York) and challenger Michael Grimm – who held the seat before him – came out swinging in their first debate Monday.

Donovan accused his Republican primary opponent on Monday of “betraying” the people's trust over his felony conviction for tax fraud.

Grimm told Donovan he looked “like a fool” for not admitting he offered to help Grimm try to get a presidential pardon over that conviction. Donovan denied he had offered anything other than mentioning the situation to President Donald Trump.

Both spoke of their support for Trump, and getting his agenda accomplished.

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

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

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)