October 27th, 2009
06:56 PM ET
1 year ago

Grayson apologizes for 'whore' comment

Rep. Grayson issued a written apology for a controversial statement he made last month.
Rep. Grayson issued a written apology for a controversial statement he made last month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson issued a written apology Tuesday evening for a comment for a month-old comment that has stirred controversy on Capitol Hill in recent days.

During a September radio interview, Grayson called Linda Robertson, an aide to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who has also worked as a lobbyist, a "K Street whore."

In a statement issued Tuesday evening, Grayson said his comment was inappropriate.

"I offer my sincere apology," Grayson said in the statement, "I did not intend to use a term that is often, and correctly, seen as disrespectful of women.

"This characterization of Ms. Robertson, made during a radio interview last month in the context of the debate over whether the Federal Reserve should be independently audited, was inappropriate, and I apologize."

Just hours earlier, a spokesman for Grayson had defended the comment in a statement to CNN.

"She actually questioned his understanding of the difference between fiscal and monetary policy," Grayson spokesman Todd Jurowski said in the earlier statement. "She had the audacity to attack a congressman who used to be an economist. She's a career lobbyist who used to work for Enron and advocates for whatever she gets paid to promote."

The freshman Democrat recently grabbed the national spotlight after saying in a speech on the House floor that the Republican health care plan is "Don't get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly."

Related: In Grayson, liberals see health care hero


–CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney contributed to this report.


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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. DJ

    yes though no apology was necessary...I don't trust anyone working as a "public" official in government that use to work as a lobbyist because it reeks of cronyism

    October 27, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Clark W Griswold

    Shouldn't have apologized. Call it like it is. Nice to see some truth and honesty in politics for a change.

    October 27, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. LEWIS WALBURN

    An apology means nothing-If I said the same thing and aplogyied ,it was already said ,and I would still mean it.

    October 27, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. Steven

    This newb has been running his mouth so much lately, it was only a matter of time before he starting saying things which are pretty stupid.

    October 27, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. New Yorker

    Grayson is very much representative of most of the democratic party. What is he doing? Competing with Biden?

    October 27, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Democrat

    Yet they knew never made this guy apologize in congress, what a great leader he is.

    October 27, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Gerry

    Well this shows what this guy is besides being a jerk. People were praiseing him real class.

    October 27, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Jaimon

    Wow. So now Democrats like sounding like Rush Limbaugh too? These partisan hacks are just disgusting.

    October 27, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. larry c wilson

    Never explain, never apologize.

    October 27, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. SLM

    Awww, who twisted this loose cannons arm and made him apologize? Not too long ago everyone was standing by his comments. Nice poster boy for the Democratic party............keep it up!

    October 27, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. james hairston

    amazing, a republican would be excoriated, he just gets a pass.
    he should have apologized a month ago. i suspect he will be out
    of office in November 2010.
    and the republicans have the franchise on bad behavior and uncivil
    rhetoric!

    October 27, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. to bad about the free speech

    the first victim of our day and age

    he calls it like it is, but must appologise for it

    however a whole cable network of losers never have to appologise, fox lies everyday, best just to ignore them

    October 27, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. Patriot

    Why be sorry....it's true!

    October 27, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. suresh

    If Ms Robertson is a lobbyist, what she is doing in Federal Reserve. She will of course work for the people who she lobbying for. I think the congressman is right to point that out. But he should have used a softer tone. Now the question remains, how independent the Federal Reserve is if it is employeeing lobbyists?

    October 27, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. Bret

    Welcome to the United States of Apologies!

    October 27, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    What a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal! And that goes for his evil twin of a spokesman who defended the comment! Disgusting piece of DNA!!!

    October 27, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. joe the independent

    mr. grayson's language in this case was impolitic, but true. not until we stop the revolving door between K Street, Wall Street, and other streets where people continually work both sides will we free our governments, both federal and state, of the deep corrupting influences that lobbyists and other business interests manipulate through influence peddling. i applaud the gist of mr. grayson's comment.

    October 27, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. cheryl

    She's a career lobbyist who used to work for Enron and advocates for whatever she gets paid to promote.
    This speaks for itself, While it was not a very nice thing to say, I can understand why he said it.
    The GOP will stop at nothing to make all democrats look bad, while their cronies call our President a liar etc.

    October 27, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    Democrats, is this your Point-Man in the debate on Health Care reform? A little creepy, isn't he? And vulgar, too!

    October 27, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    So what says you now? Those of you who championed this guy as someone refreshing who would speak his mind?
    And what would be the appropriate term for someone like Robertson, the lobbyist? I recall recent video of Max Baucas, with a staffer (former Wellpoint lobbyist) sitting right behind him at a congressional hearing on health care reform.Some of his former staff were currently at Wellpoint.

    October 27, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. Objective Thinking

    If it is okay to judge someone based on actions of OTHER members of their political party, then Obama and all Democrats must be tax-avoiding cheats who try to sell appointed positions ala Blago style, right?

    Until you show evidence of "hateful, ignorant lies" coming directly from Robertson's mouth, you are judging her based on the actions and words of OTHER people just because they are in the same political party. The same can be done in reverse.

    October 27, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. Clint, Lynnwood, Wa.

    Good job, & keep up the good work.

    October 27, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. MS

    Idon't think he has to apologise for speaking his mind especially against a lobbyist. Only thing is mind what you say on public forums.

    October 27, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. ertha

    Why is there always reporting on what someone said? Grayson now is a target for what?

    October 27, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Bruce

    At this point I don't believe that anyone should be surprised by any of Grayson's comments. This buffoon, (and I use the phrase charitably), along with obnoxious idiots like Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann on the left and Rush Limbaugh on the right make the American people's desire of bi-partisanship a joke.

    October 27, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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