October 8th, 2009
09:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Liberals see health care hero in freshman Florida lawmaker

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, attracted attention for a tirade in the House against the GOP's health care plan.
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, attracted attention for a tirade in the House against the GOP's health care plan.

(CNN) – Could a little-known freshman Democrat from a conservative-leaning Florida district be just what the doctor ordered for liberals wary of what they view as a timid president too ready to compromise on overhauling health care?

A little more than a week ago, few Americans had heard of Rep. Alan Grayson, who represents the Orlando area, and more than a handful of his congressional colleagues may not have been able to pick the 6-foot-4, 51-year-old out of a lineup.

But that was before the combative Bronx-born congressman and Harvard-educated lawyer took to the floor of the House of Representatives last week, shocking the few Republicans within earshot when he dramatically declared the GOP health care plan is "Don't get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly."

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  1. Pat Dunn

    Sounds to me like we have someone to tell it like it is. I think Rep. Grayson should be applauded for being blunt. Repulicans can dish it out, but when somebody calls them to task, they whine like big babies.

    October 8, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. DAVE

    talking about not knowing who this guy was???? he is a freshman lawmaker from po-dunk florida who now has his 15 min. of fame and the liberal arm of politics call him a hero..... what a joke.. he looks like he should be the spokesman for "SUMMERS EVE" instead of a representative of the people of florida.... all I can say is where is the outrage liberals???? didn't we just go through this????

    October 8, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Death Assurance Companies

    I like this guys style,its time to bash the walnuts that dont represent the will of the people.

    October 8, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Larry

    2016 Grayson for president afer Obama's second term.

    October 8, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Liberal4Obama

    He is a hero for telling the truth, republicans have their own heroes too but unfortunately for them and the American people... THEY LIE

    October 8, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Obama Victim

    isn't it a shame that someone who uses such offensive political discourse becomes a "hero" to some..........how very sad for them

    October 8, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Torch

    This fool is going to get his butt sent back to wherever planet he came from in 2010. He's just like Obama, buyers remorse.

    October 8, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. AKoslik

    He rocks!

    October 8, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Anne E.

    This guy rocks!

    October 8, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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