Is this the biggest jerk in US Congress?

Last updated 08:29 30/01/2014
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US Representative Michael Grimm caught on camera saying to a reporter, "I'll break you in half" after getting some tough questions.

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President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday in Washington.

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A US politician is being described as the "biggest jerk" in Congress after he was caught on tape threatening a reporter whose line of questioning he didn't appreciate.

During the confrontation in the Capitol after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Republican congressman Michael Grimm stalked out of an interview when journalist Michael Scotto tried to ask him about a Justice Department investigation into his campaign finances.

Then he stormed back, leaned in close and said: "Let me be clear to you. If you ever do that to me again, I'll throw you off this [expletive] balcony."

When Scotto protested, saying he was asking "a valid question", Grimm glanced at the camera, leaned in again and said: "No. No. You're not man enough. You're not man enough. I'll break you in half. Like a boy."

Scotto's employer NY1 posted video of the threat and it hit the headlines, with some bloggers calling him the new jerk to replace disgraced politician Anthony Weiner.

Grimm was initially unapologetic afterward, saying in a statement that he felt Scotto's question had been disrespectful.

But he caved in and said sorry to Scotto, who said the apology "sounded sincere".

"I accepted his apology and I think we're going to move on from here," Scotto said.

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