Dear Democratic friends —
With the potential for a fractious primary in the U.S. Senate race on the horizon, I wanted to make sure you were all aware of some recent news stories about Congressman Alan Grayson. I truly believe his candidacy would prevent Democrats from retaking the Senate. In fact, conservative GOP groups are already meddling in the primary to support Grayson with TV ads because they are so sure they will beat him in a general election (see article below).
From his very controversial public divorce, to his erratic behavior with the press, to his suspect business dealings, he has the potential to be a serious anchor for Democrats nationwide in 2016 — and cause grief for our Presidential nominee at the top of the ticket. Below are highlights and full articles are attached.
The Hill, 5/26/15
The right-wing Super PAC Club for Growth is also now supporting Grayson with hundreds of thousands of dollars in TV ads. He refuses to demand the ads be taken down despite the fact that this is a Tea Party-backed group that has openly advocated for privatizing Social Security and Medicare.
I am a proud member of our party’s Progressive Caucus, but Grayson’s electoral weaknesses are numerous and well-publicized:
Tampa Bay Times, 5/13/15:
When questioned about his vulnerabilities in a primary, he told Adam Smith — the leading political reporter in the state — that “this is a whole ‘nother level of bull—-. Are are you some kind of sh—–g robot? You go around sh—-g on on people?”
Despite claiming to be a anti-Wall Street populist, it came to light that Grayson has incorporated mutiple hedge funds in the Cayman Islands, where potential investors dodge taxes. This is the same attack that dogged Mitt Romney throughout the 2012 race.
Palm Beach Post, 5/25/15
In the middle of his bigamy trial, Grayson recently called the mother of his five children a “gold digger” because she wanted child support payments, and he tried to sue her for using their joint credit cards to buy groceries and gas.
National Journal, 5/19/15
Because of these severe problems, Democrats across the country now fear Grayson’s baggage will make him our version of notorious Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin, costing Democrats “a must-win seat — and threatening their chances at a Senate majority.”
Congressman Grayson does share many of my progressive ideals, but he is simply unelectable in a Florida statewide general election and would set the Democratic cause back with his candidacy. I hope you will join me in taking these very real concerns to heart.