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. Kate in SW Fla

    The Republicans have been accusing the Democrat's plan of killing people for months. Everything from death panels, telling seniors to drop dead, to pulling the plug on granny, encouraging Iraq War veterans to commit suicide, to making breast cancer patients wait for care until they die. Now they are all mad? Seriously, do these guys have no shame at all? Do they think everyone forgets about the past 6 months of them accusing the Democrats plan of being a death sentence? Boy. I have heard of hypocrisy, but this is just too much. It would be outright laughable, if not for the fact that so many Americans ARE dying from lack of care – lack of Republicans caring!!
    I just sent Rep. Grayson a donation, will do so again, and I encourage you to do the same.

    October 3, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Tim

    Rep. Alan Grayson, you are the man. Finally someone has the guts to speak out against the lies the Rethugs are spilling. You are awesome!!!

    October 3, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. Mlynn

    No we are not proud of the Graysons and Wilsons of our Nation. Both sides of the political debate need to wake up and listen to Americans who are sick and tired of politics as usual. Uncovering corruption in Washington is paramount to a strong democracy.

    October 3, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. CB

    WE NEED MORE LIKE HIM... like 255 more like him.... and wouldn't hurt if the other 178 cared about the US!

    October 3, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Pragmatic

    "Grayson exhibits the polarizing, rigid, partisan behavior that has become the Democratic Party in DC. ..."

    Guess you missed the Joe Wilson comments .... if you want an enlightening read/listen ... try the new book on Andrew Jackson ... what we are seeing is mild in comparison ... not better – not more productive – just less creative!

    October 3, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. rick

    Grayson for president......boot Obama out

    October 3, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Biased

    Americans want to see a Congressman with guts? Says who? Guts to stand and ridicule other elected representatives all the while refusing to apologize for your decorum while in the House while you demanded your opposition to apologize? Guts to be rude and demeaning on your CNN appearance? Guts to call a political party and all its members knuckle dragging neanderthals?
    Sorry, your definition of guts is nothing I ever want to see. You were a disgrace to both yourself and your party and your leader Pelosi is appearing to be on a par with you seeing your outburst was satisfactory with her. As for democrats who applaud and call your outburt fine because of course you were speaking the truth – shame on you for being hypocritical.

    October 3, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. North Coast

    This is refreshing a man in Washington dc. who tells it as it is...wonderful, the repubs are beneath contempt...where was all the "slow walking" on the decision for needless wars???? an independent voter here...regards to the truth

    October 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Jim in Washington

    Until recently I have been more or less apolitical. I have been an independent voter who tended toward the democrats, but did not dislike Republicans. But that was then and this is now. I have been radicalized by eight years of Bush and Chaney, and especially by the Republican rank and file who have yet to repudiate incompetence and massive corruption of their administration. (Starting a war on false pretenses to give control of the Iraqi oil fields to your former employer is pretty corrupt.)

    So yes, Congressman Grayson's assessment of the Republican stand on health care is accurate. Their only interest is handing Obama a political defeat. Please keep up the good work. As a group they are dangerous hypocrits from top to bottom and we need real men and women in office to stand up to them

    October 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Mlynn

    One more footnote to my previous post – None of the politicians in Washington are willing to take on the healthcare package they are trying to cram down our throats. When they decide to jump on the bandwagon and have the same government run healthcare for themselves then maybe it would be okay for us. Until that time be afraid, be really afraid.

    October 3, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Carlos

    When did Oliver Stone get into politics?

    October 3, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Sally Ann

    FINALLY someone dealing with the Republicans on the level they have chosen.

    If it takes simplistic to get their attention, that's what Dems should do. You gotta know your audience and speak their language.

    October 3, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Keith

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

    So does that mean Rep. Wilson is liked? Because he had the guts to shout out during Pres. Obama's speech. And Wilson also spoke the truth, because just last week, 30 or so Democrats started pushing for healthcare coverage for ILLEGAL aliens. Who called it? I believe Rep Wilson gets that credit.

    October 3, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. Stace6

    guts yes and truth too ... but we also want one who has a clue and that is not Grayson

    October 3, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Estevez

    I am getting so sick and tired of everyone showing you a little bit of hope and then nothing. How many Rep/Dems, yes both, have we put into some sort of office somewhere. We as the tax payers, ofcourse, pay for everything, screaming, "RA RA SISK BOOM BA" OR "GO GETTUM UP AND GO TIGER". We are flipping the bill for any and everyone who shows us a little, BACKBONE??? I'm sick and tired of just hearing shouts!!!! Why are their so many people on welfare, over and over and over? Why are so many banks/ wall street/ CEO's/ bonuses/ etc... getting money but we are rising again with unemployment??? Why is my husband, a disabled Gulf War Vet, still fighting with Vocational Rehab and his VA benefits????? How can people really be proud to be an American, we are such a laughing joke to the rest of the world that I even laugh at how pathetic we are... Just once, just once I would really like a good, honest, hard working senator to represent us, really. But, because we already pay for their homes, lipo, Martha's yard, cars, private schools, and of course the bill goes on, all they need to do is huff and puff a little, we donate to their office and BAM, my trip to Brazil is paid off.
    Yes, I am a Democrat....

    October 3, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Kate in SW Fla

    And the commenters above who say that what is wrong with America is Grayson, Reid and Pelosi are hypocrits too. I guess it was just fine for the Republicans to accuse Democrats of wanting to kill people all summer long. But when Rep Grayson very rightly points out that after killing health care reform 15 years ago, the Republicans never lifted a finger to try and help all those who are losing their insurance, or who get denied coverage for a "pre-existing condition," or who get dropped once they are sick, or the small businesses who can not afford to offer insurance anymore, or the thousands of people who would love to OPEN a small business, but are too afraid to leave their corporate jobs, because they will lose their insurance too. Apparently these partisan Republican-lovers do not care about any of that either. It is easier to just point the finger at those whao are at least trying to help. Yep, the Republican answer – accuse Democrats of killing people by trying reform, then get all offended when their inertia is correctly pointed out. Priceless.

    October 3, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. Allen, Texas

    Finally, a Democrat with balls!! It's so good to see that at least one Democrat has finally grown the backbone to say what's on the mind of millions of Americans. The Republicans have no interest in fixing the healthcare problems of the country. Like Rep. Grayson said, their plan is simply "Don't Get Sick, and if you get sick, die very quickly!!" I will even add that, as far as the Republicants are concerned, "if you get sick and don't die quickly, ask your neighbors to organize a charity fundraiser to cever your hospital bills." These people are sooooooooooooooo stupid, they don't care about ordinary people.

    October 3, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. phoenix86

    However, Grayson wants to keep abortion funding in the bill. Guess he wants people to die even faster.

    October 3, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. sheena - Canada

    To No Brains For Dems

    Yea – so its okay for someone to shout out that Your President is a liar on a world wide telivised program = get a life – no President deserves to be treated like that -and if you truley love your country -you would be and should be outraged – shame on you.

    October 3, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. Joe the carpenter Lex. Ky.

    Thank GOD !, a Democrat that can say what is on his mind then not wither under any type of criticism, I LIKE THIS GUY!! we need more of him in Congress, I am sick of political correctness, especially from hypocrites.

    October 3, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. phoenix86

    Dear ThinkAgain,

    Let us then call you and the dems out in simple plain language:

    hateful, intollerant, judgemental, hypocritical, untruthful, slanderous, bigoted....shall I go on.

    You should read your posts and those of your friends with an open mind (if you can) and see that your thinking is the greatest danger to liberty here.

    October 3, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. joe m

    mr. grayson may be drinking his own cool-aid. the jump in his funds is the result of the partisans wanting to up his profile. as far as the truth, what he said and has been saying has none of this. he chose to take the over the top approach and all he's managed to do is make himself the 'freak of the week'. once someone else does anything equally or more outrageous, the spot light will shift from him and people will probably remember him more as the man who made an A== of himself rather than someone who spoke the truth. id'd give anything to find someone in washington who actually still recognizes the truth, let alone be able to speak it.

    October 3, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Republicans reep what they sow. You go after Obama and the Democrats with such vile... You deserve Grayson and he has my full support.

    October 3, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Coherent1

    Grayson, advise your colleagues. Don't stop here, keep calling the Repubs out, even if it exposes our own. We need the truth. For too long we've been the get along gang. We've allowed them to lie and steal and cheat us for the sake of our American capitalistic system. They were in it to suck us dry. And people were gullible because they too wanted a piece of the pie. Well they've already shown us how they use us to fight against our own interests. Tell us the truth, we are big boys and girls, we can handle it. America is in the middle of the great exposure. Everything is beginning to click into place, so don't get caught up trying to abuse your power or you'll be in the same position as the nutty side of the Republican Party. Sure wish we could weed out the Dixiecrats and the crime lords. But, that'll leave them with about 22% of their entire party. Go get em' congressman!

    October 3, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. Minnesotan

    We want a congressman with 'guts' who will take on the lying, corrupt, incopetent GOP. Keep up the great work , Rep. Grayson!

    October 3, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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