October 27th, 2009
03:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Grayson spokesman defends 'whore' comment

(CNN) - A spokesman for Florida Rep. Alan Grayson is defending the outspoken congressman's recent comment calling an aide to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke a "K Street whore."

The comments - directed toward Bernanke aide Linda Robertson - came during a radio interview a month ago but are just now circulating Capitol Hill.

Grayson spokesman Todd Jurkowski said the congressman's comments came in response to an attack from Robertson over the his support of a GOP-backed bill to audit the Federal Reserve.

"She actually questioned his understanding of the difference between fiscal and monetary policy," he said in a statement to CNN. "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."

Jurkowski also questioned why the comments are making news a month after the interview aired.

"Why is this coming up now? This interview happened weeks ago. This is just another way for the NRCC to attack their number 1 target," he said.

The comments are the latest in a string of controversial statements from the freshman congressman, who last month angered Republicans but became a hero to the left when he declared on the House floor that the GOP health care plan is to let sick people "die quickly."

Related: Liberals see health care hero in freshman Florida lawmaker

Several Democrats have said Grayson's language describing Robertson was inappropriate.

"Is this news to you that this guy's one fry short of a Happy Meal?" New York Rep. Anthony Weiner told Politico.

Weiner later issued a statement calling his remark about Grayson 'playful' and said the Florida Democrat is "a friend and an extraordinary member of Congress."

The Republican National committee also weighed in on the comments, calling them "disgraceful, inappropriate and disrespectful to women."

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  1. Angie in PA

    The Republicans called him distasteful and disrespecting to women

    WELL ISNT THAT HYPOCRISY AT ITS BEST coming from a party that voted against Sen Frankens Anti-rape bill coming from a party that doesnt want to let woman choose pluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuze

    October 27, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Donald in CA

    Why do everyone get so upset when a democratic politician act like the conservative right act every day. Plus, i agree with Grayson. The gop invented bad behavior. Look at all the crazies at the tea parties and town hall meetings. And the right say this is legitimate debate, PLEASE.

    October 27, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Robert Grepzley

    Eject this piece of trash from his stuffed shirt and from the hallowed halls of Washington, DC, immediately!

    October 27, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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