Not surprisingly, the Democratic opponent to Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm is fundraising off the incident between the Republican lawmaker and Time Warner Cable News reporter Michael Scotto.

Grimm apologized on Wednesday for his outburst of threats aimed at Scotto following an attempt to question him about the arrest of one of his campaign fundraisers.

But the political fallout is only beginning, and Democrat Dominic Recchia is taking advantage of that in a fundraising appeal this afternoon.

In the fundraising email with the subject line “deplorable” Recchia’s campaign says “we deserve better.”

“The next 72 hours are critical to making sure we have the resources to send Michael Grimm packing… But it gets worse. Instead of apologizing right away, Grimm released a statement that took the reporter to task saying he was being “disrespectful.”

Earlier in the day New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the House leadership to sanction Grimm.

A statement from Speaker John Boehner’s office called Grimm’s apology to Scotto “appropriate.”

Here is the full email:

BREAKING: Last night, Michael Grimm threatened physical violence to intimidate a reporter for asking a question about a new Grimm scandal. This is not the type of leader we need in Washington. It’s time for Grimm to go. Click here to contribute:

Friend – I’m just going to say it. We deserve better. Last night, Michael Grimm threatened physical violence to intimidate a reporter from doing his job. This is deplorable behavior and unbefitting of a United States Congressman.
We shouldn’t have a Congressman who resorts to bullying, threats and even more extreme tactics to get what he wants. We need someone who can lead and be a leader for our community. Which is why Michael Grimm has to go.

The next 72 hours are critical to making sure we have the resources to send Michael Grimm packing. Rush a contribution here >>
But it gets worse. Instead of apologizing right away, Grimm released a statement that took the reporter to task saying he was being “disrespectful.”

It’s time for Michael Grimm to go. He continues to be an embarrassment to his district and to his constituents. Click here to rush a contribution and let’s show Michael Grimm we won’t stand for his behavior!