October 27th, 2009
06:56 PM ET
2 years 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. JWF

    I hope his political career dies quickly.

    October 27, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Jenn, Philadelphia

    He defended the remark earlier, now he "sincerely apologizes". Looks like the new Democrat wonder-boy has lost his luster. He's just as wishy-washy as all the others. (Not to mention a sexist). I'm so glad that President Obama has changed the tone in DC like he promised. Imagine if there was partisan bickering going on. We'd get nothing accomplished.

    October 27, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Joe

    Classic Dem childish venom. Quick someone que up a Bush rant!

    October 27, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. JoAnn

    The usual apology that is an empty gesture. Imagine what he says in private.

    October 27, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. let it be!

    make him apologize on the floor. Oh thats right he is a democrat he didn't do any wrong.

    October 27, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Stu- SW Florida

    Hey, hey that's not just disrespectful to women.
    It's exactly what most of the GOP are. Spineless jellyfish that will "put out"
    for anything against the present administration.
    True Americans these GOP are... lies, greed and collusion!

    October 27, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. ZnGuy

    this guy is a pc of work

    October 27, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Jerry Huang

    What a sad sad story about a politician who demonstrated his unworthiness of the office he holds. If he sincerely feels sorry for his remarks, he should simply resign.

    October 27, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. They call me "tater salad"

    And just when I was beginning to think that a Democrat might actually have a little testicular fortitude, they once again, cave in and apologize and go right back to square one! Farewell Dems!.....It was short lived, but it was good while it lasted I guess!!!!!

    October 27, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. andyb

    Dang Alan Grayson you're starting to sound like a Republican with all the name calling and whatnot.

    October 27, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. kate

    Grayson is a disgrace

    October 27, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. Derek Canales

    Talk about a freshman congressman trying to put his name on the map by insulting his way to the top. Who puts these Barney Franks in office??????????????

    October 27, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. Bruce in VA

    To call Grayson despicable is to insult despicable people everywhere. The goofballs in Florida that sent him to the House better pull their heads out next November.

    October 27, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. Scott L

    Typical liberal. Go ahead, defend him.

    October 27, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Biased

    I wonder who forced this apology out of the boor?

    October 27, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. Believer in the U.S. Constitution

    When are they going to get rid of this guy? This is crazy. this man is supposed to be a pillar of our community. this man is a disgrace. get rid of him

    October 27, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. smiff

    Wasnt he the main character in the flick "Flowers For Algernon"? Yeah thats right I thought he was the digressing medical mishap person at first but soon realized HE WAS THE RAT!!!! What a fine citizen he is!!!

    October 27, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. Bull

    Grayson, always the gentleman and the scholar? Such a promising career as a statesman?

    October 27, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. Dane

    Seems like the man is all class. Jeez, I cant believe this is what passes for a representative in our highest levels of government. The people of his district in Orlando should be proud of the POS they elected.

    October 27, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  20. FL

    A sexist democrat? Tell me it isn't so. I thought they were the party of NOW.

    October 27, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. StingyBee

    This guy ought to resign.

    October 27, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. Jim Gray

    Sounds like this jerk needs to get the boot along with his aide...not sure which is the biggest chauvanist...but they're both great representations of the democratic party – remember the way they treated Hillary and then Sarah Palin!?

    October 27, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Linda Robertson used to work for Enron. So what is the controversy here? So a lobbyist is a princess even if she lobbies for a company that saw thousands of people loose their jobs and life savings based on lies and corruption? Have you no sense of decency Linda Robertson? You are the one who should be apologizing...now and later at the "pearly gates"...your choice. White collar criminals should be treated just like a blue collar criminals. And robber and thief is a robber and thief.

    October 27, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  24. wbn

    Yeah, well, I hadn't heard much about that remark. Oh, wait! It wasn't a conservative who spoke! No wonder it wasn't plastered across every newspaper and the focus of CNN and MSNBC specials for a week. I understand now.

    October 27, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. jsmith

    What a disgrace....

    October 27, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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