Prosecutor in Eric Garner case announces bid for Congress

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Daniel Donovan announced Friday that he's running for congress. (Photo: Richmond County District Attorney's website_

Daniel Donovan announced Friday that he’s running for congress. (Photo: Richmond County District Attorney’s website)

NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — The New York prosecutor who handled the case in which a white police officer was cleared in the chokehold death of a black man says he’s running in a special election for Congress.

Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan issued a statement Friday saying he wants the Republican endorsement in the 11th District. Rep. Michael Grimm resigned effective this week after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges.

“Last week I announced that I would seriously consider running for the vacant Congressional seat in the 11th Congressional District of New York,” Donovan said in a statement.

According to Donovan, within 24 hours of the announcement, his phone was constantly ringing with support from elected officials party leaders and residents of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

Donovan says the enthusiasm for his candidacy has “only broadened and intensified” since making the announcement last week.

A Staten Island grand jury decided against indicting the policeman blamed in the July death of Eric Garner, who was selling untaxed cigarettes. Garner’s death touched off nationwide protests and was one of two police killings cited by a gunman who murdered two New York City police officers this month.