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. frank keel

    so refreshing and honest

    October 3, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. vick

    yup i love this

    October 3, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Ain't life strange?

    Its no secret the republican's plan to undermine Obama's presidency is to oppose anything he or the democrats come up with. This is not keeping the American people in mind, this is about trying to fail the president. If you never knew anyone who has died of cancer because of lack of insurance (like I do) you'll never understand the urgency of health care reform. Its about being selfless and caring for your fellow Americans. It's not a democrat thing or a republican thing, it's not even an Obama thing... health care reform is an American thing. Let's all get on board.

    October 3, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. harry

    C'mon people! GUTS GRAYSON all the way in 2016

    October 3, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Carl

    Congressman Grayson has what most of the Democrats in Washington lack,...a spine! And kudos to Chris above. The Republican answer to health care, to wit: "Tort Reform" is complete, cynical nonsense. Just ask the families of the almost 100,000 people who die each year from medical malpractice in hospitals.

    October 3, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Philip Payne

    Rep Alan Grayson is entirely correct. I support what he said and even tho I do not live in Florida, I am going to make a contribution to his campaign.

    October 3, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. wow

    To those that say Rep Grayson is wrong or lying about the republicans not having a plan, I say you're wrong. Rep Grayson spoke on Tuesday, and its now Saturday. I've yet to hear one republican come out and say that he's wrong, here's our plan. Ryan, Boehner, Pence, Cantor, Mcconnell, Ensign, Coburn............ where the heck are you?

    October 3, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. E

    nice to see some one with a pair! He is 100% RIGHT! The Republicans lie to trash the plan that it out there, but contribute NOTHING. The Dems needs to pass the public option and give us unemployed folks with pre-existing conditions a REAL option.

    How can Republicans applaud entrpeneurs while holding back a health care option that enables us to start own businesses and not be tied to employment based healthcare?!?!

    October 3, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. S M R

    Yes GOP, your party is harmful to the future of OUR GREAT COUNTRY.

    October 3, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Georgia

    Grayson is right! "People want to see a congressman with guts," They aren't just happy with incompetent MORON's!

    Republican's = Incompetence!

    October 3, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Ryan Kr Jr

    Mr Grayson is my hero...I love and respect you for what you stand for... My money will go to you not bunch of idiots that called themselves democrats. Finally, your mum will be happy the day you were born. Kudos congressmen..

    October 3, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Carmela, Longwood, Florida

    I am sending this guy my money. We need another 40 democrats like him. The dems. must stop being pansies, and should learn to be mad dogs like the reps.

    October 3, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Jesse

    I'm sorry No Brains For Dems, I have to disagree with you. I know what you're saying with Kennedy being respected and now Grayson being potentially viewed as a buffoon.
    But, I feel that whats really wrong with Congress is that there has been a fierce "partisan battle" since 1995 and the "Republican Revolution". As a result of this partisan battle, there has been such an increased emphasis on gaining more campaign funding through fueling this battle than actually working on changing the issues.
    I think that the only way this will truly change is if at the state level, the citizens of the United States elect Representatives and Senators who, like Grayson, tell us really what is going on in Washington.

    October 3, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. avahome

    Graysons speech might have not gone anywhere had the GOP not demanded an apology. The GOP made a laughing stock out of themselves....."mean spirited" coming from their mouths...can you believe it!

    October 3, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Albo58

    Grayson is a grandstanding party hack! He is a total embarrassment!

    October 3, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    This guy looks like a buck tooth monkey. Him Barney Franks and that freak from California that looks like some kind of pigman look like people you pay to see at the state fair. Way to use the holocaust to make a political point.

    October 3, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Doug

    It's about time someone speaks the TRUTH!! He hit the head on the nail. Republicans are potecting their lobbyists ahead of the people without health care.

    October 3, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Dr. Doom

    GOP's answer for health care and Surgeon General, Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Skip the "middleman" and go straight to the funeral home. Grayson's right!

    October 3, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Fan of Common Sense

    Another pandering scrupeless democrat saying whatever he thinks he has to get media attention and contributions. I'm sure a few left-wing nuts will write a few checks, but next November, he'll be toast. Orlando deserves better than this embicile.

    October 3, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. worriedmom

    I think this guy is as lulu as the rest up in D.C
    I definitely think this guy could benefit from some health reform. The elevator doesn't go up to the top floor there!
    Funny how you Libbers can put down someone for going against your Chosen One and say the behavior is disgraceful but when one of your own does it, it is tolerated. You are what is wrong with the world. No morals

    October 3, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Bill

    OOPS! There is a correction needed. The statement was actually made by a Republican. O.k., carry on. Those who wish to reverse their comments may begin now.

    October 3, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. GuyInVA

    So he says America wants a congressman with guts... then proceeds to say, "What I meant is..." If you have guts, don't "clarify" your remarks. Stand behind them. It was a BS thing to say, and his decision to "clarify" his remarks, prove that he KNOWS it was a BS thing to say. So much for Speaker Pelosi's civility lecture.

    H.R. 3400, H.R. 2520. H.R. 3217, and H.R. 3218 are just a few of the OVER 30 health care reform bills introduced by republican congressmen. Since the democrats won't allow them to be discussed on the floor of the House (God forbid Americans sees them), it is no surprise that the average American doesn't know about them. However, Rep. Grayson is a sitting member of congress. I guarantee he knows about them. When he says they have no plan, he isn't misinformed, he is a LIAR.

    Now CNN, much like my comments on the Todd Palin story, go ahead and place my comments in "moderation" until several hours after the story has closed for comments. Partisan cowards.

    October 3, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. once upon a horse

    Especially a DEMOCRAT congressman with guts! I get so tired of wimpy Dems backing down to Reps that I don't know what to do. Speak out and if the GOPers don't like it..then you know you've hit a nerve and spoke the truth.

    October 3, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Tywon

    Grayson... The American people are behind you and respect what you are doing. There will always be those who try to fight you tooth and nail to deny Americans what they deserve. They may have the loudest voices at the moment but when it is said and done, the silent majority is on your side.

    October 3, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Anthony

    Tells it like it is. A bit brash, but honest. Republicans can and will SPIN anything, or use off-topic points to try and turn the tables or deflect attention to their lack of solutions to anything.
    I commend Grayson for putting his political neck on the line to speak in "real" common folk terms, unlike the overly dumbed down dialect Bush and Palin brought to the table with no real substance.

    Truth is truth folks, no matter how you want to spin it. And this guys is right on the money, and the Republicans just dont know how to deal with it

    October 3, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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