“When you play the game of thrones, you win, or you die.” Fans of the HBO television program or the Song Of Ice And Fire book series know well Cersei Lannister’s forecast for good guy/hero Ned Stark.
If the Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms were living in our world, she might point out that in the game of American politics, you play all the freakin’ time… and then you play some more. And keep playing. Win, lose, die, somebody is always running in the next election before the votes from the last one are counted.
And so it surprises no one that Congressman Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Bay Ridge) has drawn his first challenge to a third term, just three months after winning his second: City Councilmember Domenic Recchia announced his candidicy for Congress on Saturday through Tom Wrobleski of the Staten Island Advance.
Recchia, a Democrat, is a three-term Councilmember with a district centered primarily on Coney Island and Gravesend. He has serves as the Chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee since 2010. He is term-limited and not able to run for reelection to the City Council this November.