If U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) pleads guilty to a felony charge that he evaded taxes, as he is expected to do today, it will likely be the beginning of the end for his brief, but spectacularly colorful, political career, Politico reports. There is no word on whether the plea deal will involve prison time. With his record of public service, any period of incarceration would likely be short. Grimm faced as much as 20 years behind bars under his federal indictment.
What is all but certain is that Grimm can't survive politically once he admits guilt. Grimm himself suggested that if he was convicted, he would step down. His likely departure is stark contrast to his personal and professional history of fighting on, surviving stints in the FBI and Marine Corps, and fights with the media.