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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soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Len (Colorado)

    Finally, someone who has guts and tells it like it is....he is absolutely correct...The Republicans do not and will never care about the middle class and the poor. Wake up folks!!!! Vote them OUT in 2010!!

    October 3, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Ed

    Grayson speaks common sense, it's that simple. The Dems should take a page from his book and appear a little more forceful against the Reps who just trample them any chance they get. Go Grayson!

    October 3, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    Rep. Grayson from FL has got my attention. You may want to read about him online. I am impressed by what I read on his website and Wikipedia. I hope to hear more from him on health care reform and other issues.

    "Alan was accepted to Harvard College. He cleaned toilets there, and worked as a night watchman. He graduated in three years, with high honors."

    He is a self-made man with courage.

    October 3, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. N

    No, most of us want someone who will do their job, not create distractions that waste time and money. Time to grow up, stop making a joke of our system, and work for the American people who elected you. Our country can not lead anything, if they act like a bunch of two year olds fighting on the playground. We demand better than that. And if I spelled anything wronge in my post, thank you, Union teachers, who do as little as possible once you get your tenure.

    October 3, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Dave R. Pawleys Island, SC

    So, help me out here. It is OK for Republicans to lie about “death panels” and healthcare rationing, etc, make inappropriate “you lie” statements and be completely obstructionist. But, when some one calls them out on it, they cry foul?? Looks to me like the Republicans just got a taste of their own medicine and they didn’t like it. They can dish it out, but they can’t take it. Grayson’s comments were right on target. The Republicans got exactly what they deserved.

    Now, if every one will just shut up and perform their jobs as they were elected to do, every one will be a lot better off.

    October 3, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. stephen Pagnozzi

    Good For You Congressman! The Republicans can throw all the slop at our President and what he's trying to accomplish, but just let anyone attack them (Godforbid!!). Even though 2 wrongs don't make a right, I'm sitting here with a big Grin and say there is an element of truth into what he's saying. The republicans can offer NO alternative, but just say no to anything the President says. Real Good thinking!! Keep it up and hopefully all the narrow minded conservatives will eventually be kicked out!

    Steve P.

    October 3, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Barry In Las Vegas

    This guy doesn't have guts he's just stupid and looking for headlines.

    The voters in his district will take care of him in 2010. He is going to be one of many one term wonders.

    October 3, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. ib

    What hyprocrites the demo's are especially this clown. They want to cut medicare so that seniors will die faster and then have the nerve to say the GOP wants people to die quickly. hyprocrites all of them.

    October 3, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. vic nashville , Tn

    When you think you are right talk loudly nothing wrong

    We like you

    October 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. mafidl

    I just finished seeing Michael Moore's new movie, Capitalism – what an eye opener. You obviously have been more clued in than I was – keep up the good work, please.

    October 3, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. no union-no work

    All the voters want from their elected officials is to adhere to the ideals of the party they are affiliated with and to relate the whole truth of whatever he/she is about to vote for and to react to what the majority of the people who voted him/her to office want.
    What the voters have been getting is a shell game of communication with half truths and some untruths all designed to herd voters in a certain direction such as Change and yes we can and we inherited this bad policy, now you are going to have to pay dearly to correct what you voted for in the previous election. I will stimulate job growth (to Union workers only).
    Many of the voters are and have been acutely aware of politicians nefarious ways.

    October 3, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Go Grayson!

    Congressman Grayson has the courage to take a stand on principle for American families and their health care. We need more of these members in Congress. Proud of my representative!

    October 3, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. BeanerECMO

    Yes, with guts, but mentally balanced with guts.

    October 3, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Connie, Indiana

    It is about time someone with guts speaks up. I know some times the truth cuts, too bad. With months listening to lies that the right has been saying on the floor, it is nice to see someone start to play their game. Total hyprocsy on the right, saying the democratic health bill will "pull the plug" etc etc, now they have it thrown back in their face and by golly they don't like it. Maybe, just maybe more democarts get a backbone and start calling them liars, and insist that what they are saying is PROVEN, not by interpertation, but by facts. Facts are not in their vocabulary..

    October 3, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Connie, Indiana

    He did in 9 months in Congress, that some have been in there for years are unable or unwilling to say.

    October 3, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. cgillette369

    this NY extremist whofronts for the ACLU is gone. he will not be back in congress.

    maybe he will return to his job working for Judge Ruther Bader Ginsburg.

    there are four words to decribe the healthcare debacle.

    PAY MORE, GET LESS.

    October 3, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Thank you, Rep. Grayson!

    t's too bad political dialog in this country has become so harsh, but the Republican party has become one of liars, manipulators and bullies. Plus, their anti-intellectualism is astounding – they pander to the lowest human instincts and pick airheads like Sarah Palin and pinheads like Glenn Beck to represent them.

    The only way to shut the GOP down is to call them on their behavior in plain and simple English.

    Keep up the good work, Rep. Grayson!

    October 3, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Susan

    Just to clarify something, Congress has a health care plan, but they pay premiums. They have a choice of plans, like most people with employer based insurance, but it is not all funded by us. They do pay premiums and co-pays.

    October 3, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. activistmom

    I LIKE this guy!

    October 3, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Now if a Republican had said this you liberal wackjobs would be calling him a racist hater. The truth of the matter is that Republicans have offered hundreds of amendments only to have most of them dismissed by the rabid majority, including one that would require proof of citizenship to register with the plan. Obama has lied and continues to do so. Our taxes WILL go up to pay for this.

    October 3, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Bill

    Yah, we love the truth, WELFARE as you know it.

    October 3, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. b stone

    finally! its almost like the dems are afraid the republicans will beat them up if they say what their districts want. we need more people like Grayson to stand up to the garbage nay-sayers on both sides that try to scare people.

    By the way. some one should stand up to that geek max bauccus. he should be tarred and featherd. way to sell out to the insurance companies you yuckko fake democrat.

    October 3, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. jumbo

    guts ? this loose cannon is a pyscho... thats what happens with 15 minutes of fame....scarey very scarey......this guy needs help...

    October 3, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. "Party of NO"

    oo wow look at the idea of "Party of NO", now after 8 yrs of taking over senate, house, and white house, making up all these mess we are in right now, they finally have an idea listen to them and ask them how much time will they gone need to get this idea done??....8,12,or another 16 yrs from today??... b/c like we know in last 8 yrs they have done NOTHING but saying NO to everything. let other do the job, at least their trying to get some thing done finally after 8 yrs. i was straight ticket republican since last 20 yrs, but they have lost my trust. i think i waste my vote by voting them, b/c in last 8 yrs they done nothing at all, and that's main reason why were in this mess.

    October 3, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    This JOE WILSON COPY-CAT is obviously fishing for campaign contributions. He thinks if he keeps making outrageously stupid comments, he'll get the attention and money he craves. In the short-term it'll prbably work, but what an idiot. At least Joe Wilson's comment was true.

    October 3, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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