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.


Filed under: Alan Grayson
soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Targar

    Replace Nancy with Grayson so he can deal with the GOP the Party of NO. Go get them Grayson we have your back.

    October 3, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Ruty

    Grayson for PRESIDENT in 2012. This guy makess a lot of sense.

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

    He obviously thought they meant we want a Congressman that is NUTS. Grayson's synopsis of Republicans wanting ill people to die is paramount to the eco-terrorist among the left crying of a Global warming catastrophe... Funny how they now call it climate change since the earth has been in a cooling period and a relatively light tropical storm season. If Grayson had based his arguments on some facts instead of fiction and depicted a misrepresentation of statistical numbers without providing a basis for the facts, it may have been more than a theatrical political grandstanding stunt for some campaign dollars. Grayson, you are a disgrace and you have failed to astound the educated, you won't be around next election cycle!

    October 3, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. D. Tree

    SO far no one has found fault with the cold truth Congressman Grayson stated: over 40,000 Americans die every year because of lack of health insurance.

    That's the real atrocity, and I applaud the Congressman for having the guts to tell the truth.

    It is shameful that Republicans are stalling and obstructing this reform.

    October 3, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. lindalou

    It just KILLS me when I hear people talking about "I'm not paying for government run health care" because, my dear, if you have been living in the USA you have been paying for govenment run health care ALL YOUR LIFE!!

    Obama needs support because he has A LOT to do...thanks to GWBush and the 8 years he squandered every penny Clinton was able to balance and save...talk about Obama putting "our children" in debt....he's trying to lay the framework to get "our children" out of debt.

    I have lost several "friends" over politics since 9/11. My son served 2 tours of duty in Iraq...don't dare call me Un-American...and don't point fingers at my President (Obama) and expect me to keep my mouth shut!

    October 3, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. catmom

    Yes Susan,Congress members pay premiums and they have a choice. That is exactly what most Americans want as well. No one other than Republicans believe people want something for nothing. That has always been their weapon of choice, scare people into believing that people want something for nothing, that people just want to smooch off all those hard working Americans who are lucky enough to make good money.

    Just like Medicare, most people expect to pay premiums. They just want them to be affordable and not constantly go up while the coverage goes down. People want to have choices, the same as our members of Congress. A lot of people just want to have the option of actually having insurance regardless of any pre existing conditions. And, it would be nice to be able to change jobs without having to worry about insurance coverage.

    Thank you Rep. Grayson. You said the right thing. Republicans really look stupid condemning him considering the way they have acted ever since the election.

    October 3, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. LG

    OK, Children.... You've proven that a democrat can be just as rude as a republican.

    How about dropping the mutual insults and start trying to find a common ground for a health program that works better than what we have now.

    Leadership is more than hurling insults at each other.

    October 3, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. evman

    This guy is the best,.. Republican killer !!! I hope he inspires millions of Americans. We need to fix the mess the Republicans left us.

    Republican = Irrelevent, party of No, party of NO IDEAS. Move over so we can fix your mess...

    October 3, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. kate

    This guy is an idiot!!

    Democrats call Republicans the party of hate and then we hear words like this from Grayson?

    He is full of hatred. So sad really.

    October 3, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Lyn

    Can we clone this guy? Let's just replace all the politicians with him and then maybe we can get it done!
    People voted for guts. People voted for action. The people who won know this. I've been thoroughly baffled by all this sudden backpedaling, compromise, and flat out wimpiness.
    We need people in office who have enough spine to stand up to the Republicans.

    October 3, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Jerry, Illinois

    I just wish Harry Reid, Mr. Milk Toast, could talk like this guy.

    October 3, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. wm weeks

    Who ever heard of this guy, was he doing janitoral service in the back of the house?

    October 3, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. DB

    Thank God. Finally a democrat who is willing to stand up and not 'negotiate' away people's rights!!

    I wish all those golden oldies out there demonstrating against 'Obamacare' would first:
    1. Give up Medicaid and Medicare (Most socialist programs around)
    2. Call their insurance companies and try to buy personal health insurance

    Come back to me then and lets talk about 'socialised' medicine!!

    October 3, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Anju

    I really like this guy. Very simple and straight forward.. I will TOTALLY
    vote for him.. I dont even live in florida..

    October 3, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Tony alvares

    Thankyou congress man GRAYSON. finally some body is standing for
    the people.we had enough from the hooligans and thugs that are trying to control the white house and congress, dont they realize that the president had amandate for change, the american people had sent a loud and clear message that they want change.

    October 3, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Kelly

    Really? "He's your man"? What "good work"? You mean by the fact that Dems reject every possible amendment or suggestion to their bill? (including posting it in its entirety online before a final committee vote for the rest of us to read; what could that possibly hurt?)
    Or by the fact that the CBO says it *won't* be budget neutral? Or, that tort reform *will* bring down costs but it will probably take 10 years for doctors to work "preemptive diagnostics" out of their mentality? Or that people *aren't* actually dying from lack of health care? Or that the Dems have all the votes they need to get *anything* passed without Repubs but still can't?

    Shall I go on?

    October 3, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. aston witter

    respect. truth needs no apology. tell them again

    October 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Marie Laveaux

    I just took a gander at the different plans and so far to me the House Tri-Committee Plan has the most to offer. By comparison, the so-called "GOP" plan is a joke. Grayson is pretty much right on the money and we do need more like him in both Houses of Congress.

    October 3, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. The black Spider

    For those of you that think Greyson is polarizing the political arena I said this:
    If you don't know until now who is playing the partisan game in congress in this debate about health care then you need to go hide under a rock.
    It's time to give to the GOP a small dose of their own madecine and let them see how it taste. Bunch of Hypocrites.
    Every Democrat you be calling this AMERICA HATERS like the republican party out everyday on their lies. That way the next time they have some foolishness to say on the congress floor they will think about it twice.

    October 3, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Kush

    Rep GRAYSON is the man America has been waiting for.He should continue telling the truth.GOP have been like pharisees who always opposed Jesus.I wish we can have more than 300 Graysons in the congress.GOP have no agenda for this country.They are the most uncooperative group who will never support anything.Americans should make sure that they will never be the majority again and never win white house.

    October 3, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Eliminate CNN

    Maybe we would be better off if Grayson followed this advice, One less criminal demoncrat to have to eliminate in the next election.

    October 3, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. TH - ATL

    Think Again, Grayson is a dirtbag as isthe rest of the Liberal Low Lifes. I have never seen such BS as what the left throws out. I can look at someone, listen to someone, look at their homes, their cars, what they drink, what they do for an income and tell you whether they are a Low Life Liberal or a hard working Republican! It's quite obvious when you are out in public. But America must have a class fo the lazy.

    October 3, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Marie Laveaux

    If anyone is not familiar with the plans, you can read them here on cnn'sPolitics page. Check it out.

    October 3, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. Enough

    All the phony outrage and Democrats demanding an apology when Joe Wilson spoke the truth. But when Grayson goes off with his ridiculous Holocaust statements.................the Democrats have once again proven what a bunch of hypocrites they are.

    October 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. Jeff S

    Nothing sways voters more than hyperbole. The two-party system needs to die. I'm tired of the status quo.

    October 3, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9