Sources tell Gestetner Updates that Mark Murphy will announce on Wednesday his candidacy for Congress on the democratic ticket, in an effort to unseat Republican congressman Michael Grimm of the 13th Congressional district of New York that covers parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn.
As reported earlier in the week by City & State, Mark Murphy, a staffer in Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s office, has resigned from the office in order to run against Staten Island Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, a source close to Murphy said.
The son of a former congressman, Murphy is seen as the preferred candidate of the Staten Island Democratic Party, which is believed to see him as the most charismatic potential challenger to Grimm and the one best able to raise money. Grimm was elected in 2010 in a tight race against Democrat Mike McMahon. The district is about 70 percent in Staten Island and 30 percent in Brooklyn.