Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) has gone from being the self-described victim of a politically motivated attack to the victim of grade-school vandalism. Grimm, whose staff discovered Sunday that chunks of concrete had been thrown through the windows of his Staten Island campaign office, initially said that the vandalism was a coverup for an “attack on democracy and the political process.”
His campaign first reported that computer systems full of “confidential” data pertaining to his reelection efforts had been completely wiped out after Linux had been installed onto the hard drives. But an anonymous law enforcement official told the New York Times Monday that there had been no discovered evidence of intrusion, let alone a hacker with a preference for Linux.
And more recently, according an AP report citing NYPD spokesman Paul Browne, an eighth-grader has admitted to throwing the concrete through Grimm’s window with a friend, confessing the crime to a school counselor Tuesday.
Grimm released a statement after the student’s confession, saying he was “very relieved to know this is not politically motivated,” and defending his earlier conclusion given the facts at the time.