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(NEWSER)– Rep. Michael Grimm told reporters he wouldn't resign after he pleaded guilty to tax evasion last week, but John Boehner appears to have used his powers of persuasion on New York City's only Republican representative in Congress.

Grimm announced his resignation in a statement last night that sources tell the New York Times was issued after a conversation with the House speaker. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will now have to call a special election for the 11th District, which includes all of Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn.

District Attorney Daniel Donovan is considered an early favorite to replace Grimm, despite the criticism he has faced over the decision not to issue an indictment in the Eric Garner case, reports the New York Daily News.

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