Republican Congressman Dan Donovan defeated predecessor and challenger Michael Grimm in a bitter GOP primary, trumping Grimm’s professed allegiance to Donald Trump and Trump-like personality with an endorsement from Trump. Donovan was first elected in a special election in 2015 prompted by Grimm’s resignation after pleading guilty to federal tax fraud charges and being sentenced to federal prison. Grimm returned seeking his old seat this year, in a Trump era battle in which the candidates sought to most closely align themselves with the president.
About 200 supporters, including most of Staten Island’s Republican elected officials, joined Donovan for what turned out to be an quickly and decisively declared primary night victory. Staten Island elected Republicans on hand included Assembly Members Nicole Malliotakis and Ron Castorina, State Senator Andrew Lanza and Council Members Joe Borelli and Steve Matteo. Party leaders attending included Staten Island Republican Chairman Brendan Lantry Brooklyn Republican Chairman Ted Ghorra, New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, Brooklyn Conservative Chairman Gerard Kassar, New York State Reform Party Chairman Curtis Sliwa and Staten Island Reform Party Chairman Frank Morano.