"The liberals are coming and apparently, they want MY Congressional seat … What Maher doesn’t understand is that the voters in Staten Island and Brooklyn do not agree with his anti-Catholic, leftist propaganda," the email read, as quoted by the Observer. "Bill Maher is hardly the spokesman for traditional American values, in fact – he’s the opposite."
Grimm went on to slam Maher's criticism of religion, suggesting voters can't trust a man who said "The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs," before warning of a "liberal take over" of New York City.
“Like Bill Maher, the DCCC and Mayor de Blasio (aka the most progressive Mayor of New York City has ever seen) want this seat because it would make their lives much easier – let’s face it, I am the only one standing between them and a liberal take over of NYC. I am the only Republican Congressman who represents a borough within New York City, a city of 8.5 million people. THEY WANT ME GONE!" the email read, as quoted by the Observer.
Maher's "Flip a District" campaign seeks nominations from viewers to enter the worst representatives in the country in a bracket-style competition; Maher will then visit the winner's district and highlight the representative's worst actions on his show to sway voters. In announcing Grimm as one of the first nominees last week, Maher made reference to an on-camera incident after the State of the Union address in which Grimm physically threatened a local reporter.
“He’s a guy who thrust himself into the running this year by threatening to throw a reporter off the balcony of the Capitol,” he said, as quoted by Politico. “He seems to be all of Staten Island distilled in one man and there is a lot of enthusiasm out there for making him go away.”
A second nominee, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), boasted about being targeted by Maher's campaign and called it a "badge of honor" to win such disapproval from a "liberal pundit." Unfortunately for Maher, that kind of response has actually helped Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) galvanize support in the past.