You know, I like Alan Grayson, I really do. I think it’s great to have a genuine progressive representing Orlando.
However, even Grayson should know that as a politician and public figure, you don’t get the luxury of allowing words to fly out of our mouth before being filtered through your brain.
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) — the man best known for saying that the Republican health care plan is for Americans who get to “die quickly,” and for calling former Vice President Dick Cheney a vampire with blood dripping from his teeth — may have gone a bit too far in one of his latest rhetorical excesses, calling lobbyist Linda Robertson, who used to advise Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a “K Street whore.”
The comments were made a month ago, when Grayson appeared on the radio show of right-wing talker Alex Jones, and was just discovered and circulated by the NRCC. “Here I am, the only Member of Congress who actually worked as an economist. And she’s, this lobbyist, this K Street whore, is trying to teach me about economics,” said Grayson.
First of all, women don’t appreciate being called whores…furthermore, women don’t like OTHER WOMEN being called whores, and do you know what there are a lot of in Florida’s 8th District Mr. Grayson? WOMEN…who vote.
I appreciate Alan Grayson’s desire to stand up for progressive values and tell it like it is, but sometimes you really need to be aware of the consequences of your word choices.
Maybe rephrasing the “K street whore” thing as, say, “sell out” or “corporate lackey” would’ve done the job with less of the controversy and much less of a risk to your job.
Also, Alex Jones? What’s the base going to think when you decide to go on a right winger talk show?
Look, it’s nice to have you in Congress Mr. Grayson, but if you sink yourself, I promise you, no one is going to remember you, what you fought for, and how you fought, if you’re a one term Congressman from Florida.
Don’t believe me? Ask Edward Stack, William Gunther or Tim Mahoney.