Poll: US Senate Race – Democratic nomination

Given all of the excitement of the last few weeks, this poll is in order. Vote below.

23 comments

  1. I’ve got a lot of respect for Grayson, he’s a wonderful congressman, but the Florida Democrats really need a win next year, and they can’t throw it away because they want a progressive man winning the nomination. I think Grayson is at his most effective when he’s in the House, and when, hopefully, the Democrats regain control of the House in 2022, he’d be able to forward our progressive values in Congress.

    1. Donna Windsor · · Reply

      Patrick Murphy is a DINO, he votes with Republicans most of the time.

      1. Michael · ·

        Lie. Politifact proves that claim wrong today.

      2. ResearchJunkie · ·

        “Murphy has built a reputation as a middle-of-the-road Democrat who’s willing to join the GOP on certain votes, including backing the Keystone XL Pipeline, which has been opposed by President Barack Obama. Congressional Quarterly determined that Murphy voted in support of Obama’s positions 49 percent of the time in 2014, and National Journal ranked him among the most conservative House Democrats. Still, he has faced attacks from GOP groups and received a 20 percent rating by the American Conservative Union.” http://www.politifact.com/florida/article/2015/mar/23/fact-checking-patrick-murphy-democratic-hopeful-su/

      3. old guy on the bench · ·

        To stand there and cry out, ala faux news, that an individual is a _______ serves no purpose other than to diminish your standing. Hopefully you will contribute factual and verifiable information to the debate and not some poorly disguised unwarranted personal attack line.

  2. Two words: Sherrod Brown. He’s one of the most progressive senators from a state that played out virtually identically in 2012 (Obama 50/49 in FL, 50/48 OH; both states have whack job right wing governors and state houses) According to Open Congress he votes with his party 96% of the time, which is higher than Grayson’s 93%, and he still is electable in a state like that. Even though folks are quick to point out Grayson’s strong progressive stances on many issues, he get’s more legislation and amendments passed than virtually any person in congress. He’s progressive, he’s productive, he fires up the Democratic base, he’s electable, and he’s a money raising machine. Go Alan!

    1. Mark Lynn · · Reply

      Sherrod Brown is also a gentleman and acts like one!

    2. The problem with comparing Brown to Grayson is that Brown has deep roots in a deeply conservative region of Ohio (being the former congressman there), he also has the benefit of being in a state that’s more liberal/Democratic than Florida (by about 3%), and he’s never been on the record saying things like calling the Fed Chair’s senior adviser a “K Street Whore”, having said that Bush “let 9/11 happen”, or the infamous “Taliban Dan” ad. He’s just too gaffe prone, and his best chance in influencing politics would be to stay in a safe seat in the House of Representatives.

  3. Two words: Sherrod Brown. He’s one of the most progressive senators from a state that played out virtually identically in 2012 (Obama 50/49 in FL, 50/48 OH; both states have whack job right wing governors and state houses) According to Open Congress he votes with his party 96% of the time, which is higher than Grayson’s 93%, and he still is electable in a state like that. Even though folks are quick to point out Grayson’s strong progressive stances on many issues, he get’s more legislation and amendments passed than virtually any person in congress. He’s progressive, he’s productive, he fires up the Democratic base, he’s electable, and he’s a money raising machine. Go Alan!

  4. As much as I support and respect Alan Grayson’s views on most issues, his outspoken, strident comments make me very dubious he can win a state wide race.

    I’d rather have a U. S. Senator who votes progressive 90% of the time instead of going down in flames on election day with a candidate carrying the flag of pure liberalism!

    1. Wendy Sejour · · Reply

      Murphy’s rating is NOT 90%. His ADA rating is 50%, Grayson’s is 90%. Check out his ADA 2014 Voting record here: http://www.adaction.org/media/votingrecords/2014.pdf

      1. Michael · ·

        No, the rating you display is selective. The actual one is 83%

    2. Wendy Sejour · · Reply

      My rating is correct. DWC stated that Murphy’s votes on progressive legislation was 90%, it is actually 50%. The 83% is his how many times he voted the party line for all legislation. They are two very different things, especially when TPTB are trying to sell Murphy as a progressive to the base. Grayson’s party line vote rating is 93%.

      1. I note you failed to take issue with my basic premise that Grayson’s outspoken, strident comments make it dubious he can win a statewide race. As I recall during his first term in Congress he gained plenty of air time with his blunt and some might say “over the top” comments. That exposure did little to assist him as he turned a 2008 52-48% win into a 56-36% loss in the same district. I like Alan Grayson and I hope he remains in the House from his safe Democrat district, but as our statewide U. S. Senate nominee, I hate to say it, but I think he goes down in flames.

    3. Wendy Sejour · · Reply

      I did not respond to your issue because it is bogus. Grayson has been rated the most effective member of Congress, by both his fellow Congresspeople and outside abritors. He was elected to congress after his so called outrageous statements. Most of them have been proven true by Republican legislative actions and even my Republican/NPA neighbors acknowledge that and admit they admire Grayson because at least they know he stands for something and would consider voting for him as they dislike Rubio (their words not mine, and (yes i live in a heavy NPA/R area and canvass my precinct on a fairly regular basis as the DEC precinct committeeperson). Murphy has the same credentials and “crossover” appeal that were touted for Sink and Crist, and it did not get them elected.

      1. Michael · ·

        The main reason he got reelected is because his district is a safe Democratic one…so a Democrat couldn’t lose there. And there’s no guarantee that Grayson would be better at getting votes than Murphy. If anything, Grayson would be a bigger risk to run because of the high likelihood that he’d say or do something stupid during the election that turns the swing voters against him.

  5. We really need another candidate

  6. Mark Lynn · · Reply

    It comes down to this – Are you more interested in winning, or passing some kind of litmus test?? I point to the example of Sen. Bob Casey Jr. He is anti-choice, but on most issues agrees with the party base. Would you rather have Rick Santorum still in that seat?? How often did he agree with you?? You can afford to be as liberal as you want to be in NY, MA, or Cali, but other places, especially down south, you must be realistic. Murphy is a good fit, sorta like a young Bill Nelson.

  7. This is not the first time I have read a comparison of Pat Murphy to Bill Nelson, so let me remind you if I may, Bill Nelson is a Co-Sponsor of S.615 Sen Corker’s Bill. That is same Bill to try and block peace negotiations with Iran. That being said, I agree with you, Murphy reminds me of Nelson. And I am not impressed with either.

  8. Mark, I’d rather have a progressive champion that can actually win — Alan Grayson — as opposed to a centrist that Florida history over the past 10 years has shown doesn’t work state wide.

    1. Michael · · Reply

      I’m sorry,but although you may find Grayson appealing, you will find people outside your party who don’t feel the same way

  9. Grayson is a strong and effective electable legislator and candidate for the Senate. I am only one of many in Florida and around the country supporting him every month in support of his strong and outspoken policies. is he outspoken and sometimes irritating, yes, just like Biden who is the Vice President of the United States.

    There are a lot of neoliberal Democrats who want another Menendez or Schumer in the Senate to represent Florida and the people of the United States. Those guys are controlled by the leader of another country, care more for Wall Street than for the recipients of Social Security and Medicare and are excited to have another war in the middle east.

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