Earlier this month, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan made headlines for failing to secure an indictment for Daniel Pantaleo, the Staten Island NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner. This week, Donovan is in the papers again, this time as the Republican Party's "clear front runner" for the congressional seat opened up by outgoing representative/convicted felon Michael Grimm.
[Staten Island Borough President Guy] Molinari said he doesn't think the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case will hurt Donovan, even as some criticized the district attorney's handling of the case.
"He did what you're supposed to do: He brought the facts before a grand jury and the grand jury spoke," Molinari said. "That's a tough part of the business."
Others were more direct in their assessment of how the case affected Donovan's reputation.