NEW YORK (AP) - They came out swinging.

The first debate between incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan[1] and challenger Michael Grimm, who formerly held the seat, was heated and at times harsh.

Donovan[2] accused his Republican primary opponent on Monday of “betraying” the people’s trust over his felony conviction for tax fraud.

Grimm told Donovan[3] he looked “like a fool” for not admitting he offered to help Grimm try to get a presidential pardon over that conviction. Donovan[4] denied he had offered anything other than mentioning the situation to President Donald Trump.

Both spoke of their support for Trump, and getting his agenda accomplished.

Trump endorsed Donovan[5] in a tweet last month. The primary is June 26.

The 11th Congressional District covers conservative Staten Island as well as a slice of Brooklyn.

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