House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., will meet with recently-indicted Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., on Wednesday, a GOP leadership aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call.
The meeting will be pivotal for Grimm, who is battling 20 federal charges of misconduct related to the ownership and operation of a health food restaurant prior to his election to Congress in 2010.
It also will be pivotal for Cantor: GOP leaders have so far been mum on how they will deal with their scandal-plagued colleague in an election year.
Cantor took a firm stance Tuesday regarding Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., who said he will not seek re-election after surveillance footage revealed the married father of five kissing a married staffer.
McAllister’s plan to serve out the remaining months of his term didn’t sit well with Cantor, who told the Louisiana Republican to resign now.
Grimm has not only said he won’t resign, he’ll seek a third term. Cantor’s response to that plan could chart the course for Grimm’s ultimate political survival.