October 3rd, 2009
02:12 PM ET
5 years ago

Grayson: Americans 'want to see a congressman with guts'

Rep. Alan Grayson's campaign is seeing an influx in campaign donations.
Rep. Alan Grayson's campaign is seeing an influx in campaign donations.

WASHINGTON (CNN)– Rep. Alan Grayson's re-election campaign is seeing an increase in donations since his House floor speech last week in which the freshman Florida Democrat said the Republican health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly."

"The campaign has over half a million dollars in the bank and over 5,000 first-time contributors in the past three days," Grayson told CNN Saturday, saying he has his floor speech to thank for the influx of cash.

"People want to see a congressman with guts," Grayson said. "[And] America likes to hear the truth."

On Tuesday, Grayson called the Republican health care plan a "very simple plan."

"Don't get sick. That's what the Republicans have in mind," he said. "And if you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: die quickly."

Grayson worked to clarify his remarks in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.

"What I mean is they have got no plan," Grayson said. "It's been 24 hours since I said that. Where is the Republican plan? We're all waiting to see something that will take care of the pre-existing conditions, to take care of the 40 million Americans who have no coverage at all.

"That's what I meant when I said that the Republican plan is don't get sick. And if you do get sick, die quickly."

Republicans are working to use Grayson's outburst to their advantage too– starting the website disalangrayson.com where voters are asked to contribute to the "FL-08 Nominee Fund." The site says all contributions will go toward the Republican candidate who wins the primary challenge in Florida's 8th district.

According to Grayson press secretary Todd Jurkowski, who received the latest fundraising totals from senior campaign adviser Julie Tagen, of the over half-million dollars in the bank, more than $150,000 has come in since Grayson's pitch to Congress Tuesday night.


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  1. Anonymous

    Grayson has spoken truth. R there any other dems with graysonguts?

    October 3, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. mary eagan

    the scary thing about all this is that he speaks the honest truth...direct..and simple so that all people can understand...it's about time someone did that.

    October 3, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Missouri Citizen

    "People want to see a congressman with guts," Grayson said. Well, they need to find another congressman if they want guts. Grayson is the guy who held his town hall meetings in union halls - so the big boys could protect this sissy.

    You want guts? Claire McCaskill held her town hall meetings in school auditoriums and other public places. They got a bit rowdy at times, but our gal was tough!! Thanks, Claire.

    October 3, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. bellablue

    You bet Americans want to see a Congressman capable of "speaking the truth", and standing up for what is right! Every word this man has spoken is absolute truth! There ARE many, many people who are no longer on this earth, simply because they were not insured, poor, and/or disabled, and could find NO MEDICAL PERSON to treat their respective illnesses. I'm very pleased and PROUD that Congressman Grayson spoke up and stands up for these people. They may not be able to physically speak anymore, but they cetainly can speak from "the grave"!! Now if we could have MORE of our representatives and senators get up and speak their mind in honesty and integrity, instead of beating around the bush, and purposely saying NO to any healthcare plan, OR voting NO, only to save their own job and their own financial security, we soon would get rid of the special interests and lobbyists. I understand Max Baucus has received millions of dollars from lobbyists who are lobbying healthcare. It's no big surprise he hasn't put the "public option" into his proposed bill. The lobbyists that paid him are from the big health insurance companies who, like the credit card banks, are raking in the $$$$$ each and every day, and socking it to the American people.

    October 3, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. No Brains for Dems

    Fortunately, most Americans know the difference between a politician with guts, and one with no class, no brains, no manners, no integrity, and no common decency. Debating issues aggressively is one thing; insulting ones colleagues across the aisle with outlandish and childish comments is not something to be tolerated in our system of government.

    Grayson, Reid, and Pelosi are what is wrong with this country and the US Congress. Grayson's comments did absolutely nothing to advance the cause of health care reform. It did further polarize the left from the right, and it likely will leave lasting scars that will make Grayson a totally ineffective legislature. Dems should contrast the style of the late Senator Kennedy who was respected by his fiercest rivals and Grayson who simply is a buffon.

    October 3, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Mike Webb

    Grayson spoke the truth. Mike Webb Austin Tx.

    October 3, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. The Dehumanizing of American Politics by Grayson

    Grayson is the poster child for why Americans on both sides are fed up with Washington. Instead of working diligently and using his brains and negotiating skills to try to forge health care legislation, Grayson exhibits the polarizing, rigid, partisan behavior that has become the Democratic Party in DC. We need gifted orators. We need men and women with integrity, respect, passion, and brains. We do not need hooligans with foul mouths that have bad manners.

    A Massachusetts Democrat

    October 3, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. An Ex-NC-Pub

    You Go Grayson. It is refreshing to see a Democrat with some backbone who will tell these "knuckle-dragging" rush-beck-publicans what they are really about!

    October 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    He spoke the truth, simply and eloquently, no "you lie!" heckling.But the previous eight years makes clear that truth all too often clouds the agenda of the GOP.....government of, by, and for the rich....as they enjoy lifetime "socialized medical care" for serving just one term. Empathy for the common man and woman seems utterly absent from the GOP.

    October 3, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. eolufemi

    Grayson's a smart guy. The republicans want a culture war. Well give it to them. Republicans are a bunch of cowards that like to start stuff but can't take it, when someone pushes back and stands up to their bullying.

    The other dems need to take note that you can't be all things to all people. At one point you have to take a stand on the things you believe in. The American people won't begrudge you for being principled. What we begrudge the dems for being is spineless.

    We blame Bush for the war in Iraq, but we have to be honest with ourselves and recognize dems were right there with him supporting that stupid war. That every REAL liberal or progressive knew was more trouble than it was worth.

    They destabilized the middle east and committed the US to protecting a country half a world a way that absolutely hates us for the next decade at least. Two trillion dollars later we have ANOTHER war that's been so neglected the general on the ground feels entitled to the same level troop commitment as what was done in Iraq.

    Are we going to spend another 2 trillion dollars that very well could go to paying for universal health care?

    We need more ideological warriors like Grayson that can speak truth to power. Hopefully he supports breaking down the employer based insurance system in this country and tries to get individuals the type of choice Wyden is offering in the Senate.

    October 3, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. rashinal

    Hooray for Grayson

    We could certainly use a few (or LOTS) more like him.

    take note other Democrats

    October 3, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Bridget

    Again, I would like to see ALL Republicans who talked of "death panels" and "pulling the plug on grandma" and how the bill would "kill seniors" to stand up and apologize before Rep. Grayson makes any sort of concession to them. He is only doing what they've perfected. Who was partisan first? And I would also like for CNN to talk about how the GOP openly celebrated America's loss in the bid for the Olympic games, which would have showcased the creative talent of our nation, created jobs and brought money into our economy from international travelers. Who hates America now?

    October 3, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. charlie in Maine

    Amen brother. If I wanted the insurance companies to be in charge I would have voted Republican. You said it "Lead follow or get the f#$@ out of the way!!!"

    October 3, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Patrick

    He looks like Shrek

    October 3, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Kosharek

    I totally agree with this guy!!! I wish more would follow suit.

    October 3, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Sam Sixpack

    This is one of those guys trying to take $500 billion out of Medicare.

    He wants poor people to give all they can “afford” to insurance executives. Of course the policy they will get will have a deductable so high they can’t get any actual health care.

    He thinks you're so stupid you'll fall for that old trick of accusing your opposition of doing what you are actually doing.

    Obamacare: pulling the plug – one Grandma at a time.

    October 3, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. TH - ATL

    America wants to see a "Professional" congressman which you are not! America wants a real congressman. Not an uneducated, inexperienced a$$-h&#@ such as yourself! Alan Grayson, you are an embarassment to America not to mention Florida.

    October 3, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Patty in the CA mountains

    Yes I/We do.....I am really sick of every one of them back tracking and saying "I'm sorry", when they say out loud what many of us are thinking and wish someone would put a microphone in front of us to hear us say!! Way to go. I wish I could vote for him.

    October 3, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. S M R

    THANKS ALAN

    October 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Rob Stumpf

    It would be nice if Grayson had brains, too. But unfortunately...

    October 3, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. mike

    If that's the case, how did you get in office?

    October 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. icfantv

    i had no idea who grayson was before this week. but i can tell you know, i appreciate his candor and truth.

    and to any GOPer out there who is screaming at the top of their lungs how disrespectful this was, or how outrageous it was, or how unpatriotic it was, let's see YOUR health care plan. oh.....that's right.....you don't have one.

    that makes it way easier to criticize.

    October 3, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Ed

    Grayson is a complete embarrassment and should resign. Meanwhile, Democrats expose themselves to what they are and their extreme double standards. Blast a guy for shouting "You Lie" even after he apologies for the outburst, then back this loser? Pathetic.

    October 3, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Bout time someone in congress had the balls to step up and tell it like it is... why the White House won't is beyond me...

    October 3, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Diana NJ

    Although he has taken a lot of hits on this it is closer to the REal truth. Without health care you families are better off that you die quickly rather than put them all in the streets paying for your care.

    The peoples voices are not being heard.. in Washington.Instead a small loud group who already have health care because they have worked for unions state or federal governments and already have Socialize medicine.. do not want thing to change because they dont want others to have Socialize Medicine...

    October 3, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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