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. MaryanneAZ

    Unlike other politicians in government, Grayson has the luxury of calling it like it is because he is wealthy and can self-fund his campaigns. When our representatives are beholden to campaign contributions, they cannot honestly represent the People. Simple fact.

    October 3, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Patriot

    I've been waiting for someone like Rep. Grayson for a long time.

    The right-wing has done nothing but spew lies, fear, hate, and division for years, and the Dems in Congress have been spineless in their lack of any tough response.

    It truly IS about time we have a Dem in Congress with real guts. Keep up the good work, Rep. Grayson! Don't back down to anyone–you have more support than you know.

    Are you listening, Harry Reid?

    October 3, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. A.J.

    Rep. Grayson,

    Congratulations for speaking the truth! Finally a Democrat who stood up and spoke the truth without beating around the bush!!! It may not have been pretty-eloquent, but boy was it effective. Keep fighting for all of us who have no insurance and really don't want to die because of it.

    I live in Florida outside of your District Rep. Grayson, but you can take my check to the bank.

    Thank You so much for caring and telling the truth....it is refreshing and hopeful.

    Sincerely,

    A.J.

    October 3, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Say what?

    "A congressman with guts" . . .

    That would NOT be you, Spitface Grayson!

    October 3, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Go Alan! Democrats take notes learn something from this man he has a spine!

    October 3, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Patriot

    Rep. Grayson:

    Please tell your fellow Democrats in the House, Senate, AND White House that if they don't stand up for the American people and pass a public option, they will be VOTED OUT.

    October 3, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. howie

    And the Democrats think the republicans are looney, this is a guy I would not be proud of representing me.

    October 3, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Yanor Hunter

    Thank God you are standing up to the Republicans. Hit back with the truth. I'm sooooo proud of you. If I lived in Fl. I would vote for you. We need a public op.

    October 3, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. Pfft

    Amazing how many slavering far left Dems are on today. If Grayson is proof of higher evolution, then I'll gladly stay where I am.

    October 3, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Wes

    This is the first time I have heard a Democrat tell the truth on these sorry Republicans and the other Democrats who are taking insurance and healthcare lobby money. You bet there is a struggle coming, between the haves and the have nots. There are some of the greediest people in this country just because they stole their way or have assets someone left them and then there are the working people who are getting the shaft from stupid Republicans and lily livered Democrats who won't tell the truth. Just wait until the next election, this one will make the last one pale in comparison to how many people will stand in line to not take this crap anymore from greed.

    October 3, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. Tammy

    On Anderson Cooper last night, a poor woman with breast cancer (twice) was dropped by her insurance company - she now has no coverage. So much for non-government interferrence, huh? The Canadians pay high taxes, but do not see a bill from the doctor or the hospital after surgery or a hospital stay. As someone here said, when you get admitted, they ask for symptoms, not what coverage you have or if you have it. Where is the humanity and ethical behavior?

    October 3, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. James E

    Grayson, Reid, and Pelosi are what is wrong with this country and the US Congress

    You conveniently left out several other people that also should be on the list: Boehner, Graham, Kyl, Cantor, Price, Grassley and several others. They also pander in order to make themselves relevant in light of the fact they have been caught giving half truths and lies. If you don't believe me, check out Polifact.com and Factcheck.org to see if they are telling the truth.
    Truth be told, extremists in both parties are hindering the progress this country needs in order to make it envy of the world.

    October 3, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. ray

    Way to go Grayson...its about time Republicans got a taste of their own medicine!

    October 3, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. Nevada dude

    YES!!! Democrats like a guy that is willing to call B.S. when he sees it. It amazes me how spineless some dems can be, even when they are right about an issue. CALL IT AS YOU SEE IT, and support will come. tha is, unless you are taking corporate money, in which case we dont need you.

    October 3, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Independent midwest

    Good for this congressman. Would all the dems please get with it and get this over with? It is believed by many, including independents like myself, that all Republicans and perhaps some Dems are purchased politicians for only three things: War for Greed and Payback to Wall Street buddies.

    October 3, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. MK

    I'll add to that, I want to the whole Congress act with "guts". I WANT A PUBLIC OPTION.

    October 3, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Dennis

    Should have flipped the republicans off also.

    October 3, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. Linda

    Guts in a politician? Wow! Unique for sure.

    Principles? Yea!

    More, more, more.......................

    October 3, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. ICARE

    Yes, we like them to have buns of steels. Do the right thing and STICK to it!!! Stay the course!!

    October 3, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Amen Grayson. Where are the Harry Trumans, the LBJs, the Hubert Humphreys, the Barbara Jordans, the Bella Abzugs of today's wimpy, poll-driven Democratic Party? I applaud Grayson for calling out the Republicans on the fact that they are doing nothing but attempting to kill health care reform through obfuscation, obstruction, and obtuse claims (like its bad because it doesn't create more jobs...what's up with that?).

    October 3, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  21. Mike

    Finally we have someone who will point out what Republicans are: evil.

    October 3, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Love to see if McCain and Kyl have the guts to give up their health care plans and live like the rest of us. But then again, since McCain doesn't even know how many or where, houses he has, there is no possible way that he can know if he even pays for his health care. If Kyl thought he needed maternity coverage at one point, but doesn't need it now, we have a problem in Washington.

    October 3, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. Mike Dallas

    Yes, Congress would indeed benefit, if more had Grayson's Gonads!

    October 3, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Robert

    Let's hope a little of Grayson's intestinal fortitude will rub off on his democratic collegues

    October 3, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. John from California

    We need more Democratic Congresspeople like Congressman like Alan Grayson, he tells it like it is!

    Way to go Congressman, I'd support you any day!

    October 3, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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