October 27th, 2009
03:11 PM ET
5 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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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Grayson_is_a_Great_American_Hero

    You go, Grayson!
    We are behind you all the way!

    October 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Pat-Indy

    This guy could write a "How To" Book on being a 1 termer, cause he's doing a pretty good job at living up that so far

    October 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Jim Voigh

    What a disgrace. What kind of values does he teach his children at home, I wonder. Sad!

    October 27, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Matt

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

    The RNC doesn't believe women should be able to vote nor that they should control their own bodies....that is disgraceful, inappropriate and disrespectful to women!

    October 27, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Hannah

    It's politicians like this, who think the world is against them and we should all pity them, that makes our government look ridiculous.

    October 27, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Jenn, Philadelphia

    You Liberals are so desperate for any politician with some spine you'll lactch on to this sexist nut-job. It's really fun watching you guys implode. Can't wait for the mid-term elections.

    October 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Bananarama Victim II: Electric Boogaloo

    I got one: Imagine if a Republican, staunch in his/her aim and unwavering in their stance was also able to recognize that letting your own yell out like a three year-old but attacking someone over comments made a month ago, obviously highlighted to give you what little ground you might have left, is in fact childish and cowardly?

    It's easy if you try, albeit obviously not for them.

    Please, do us a favor and stop the blanket statements like somehow you're 30% minority will become the majority. If you go by the polls, go by all the results. Democrats may have lost some approval rating, but Reps have gained not one point since Bush left office. Knowing that is funny when you adults argue like an angry teenager exacting revenge on someone much bigger than you.

    October 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Nick 27, So Cal

    Call it like it is Grayson!! Keep up the effort to shine the light on the Republican hypocrites!

    October 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Dave Mishem

    Good for Grayson. I guess Linda Robertson is not used to getting slapped back.

    October 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Alex

    He's not innacurate in his message, only uncouth in his delivery.

    October 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Lauren

    I'm ashamed of our representatives. Some modicum of respect, decency and dignity should be a part of the job. Comments such as these are uneducted, disrespectful, and utterly embarrasing. What is this country coming to when the people who are supposed to be leading us act like a gaggle of high-schoolers?

    October 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Raoul New Orleans, La.

    Right on! So the language is a little colorful, at least he is honest. Hey, Republicans, honesty?, remember it? How bout dem WMD's?

    October 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Machiavelli, Baton Rouge, LA

    This is called "shock politics" or political incorrectness per se, but sometimes the truth comes in harsh words. I cannot say what is in thee mind of Rep. Grayson, but I think he was implying that the profession of the lady in question is whorish because lobbyists are for sale to the highest bidder. Furthermore, they (lobbyists) are willing to sell the interests of the American people for a pittance–when a pittance is all that is offered. Rep. Grayson is making a name for himself. It's just a matter of what kind of name it is.

    October 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. dora

    Go Grayson Go!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Bananarama Victim II: Electric Boogaloo

    All this, "If he were Republican you Dems would be crying..." nonsense has got to stop. Republicans have repeatedly cornered the market on whining.

    Just read the rest of the comments, now also including misinformed statements, written in haste, exposing Republican's true downfall; the inability to actually read something about the opposition before opposing.

    October 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. LEON CHILDS

    The things that Mr. Grayson are saying are eye for an eye which isn't the way it is supposed to be. But on the other hand come on republicans we all know that your rhetoric on anything the president proposes is down right malicious. I have a hard time in seeing why you guys cannot work with him some of the time. There is only two reasons why you don't and I would like to have a honest debate because we elected you all to office to tell the truth. Do you not agree with him on a lot of things because you truly believe he is taking this country on the wrong road or is it because of him being African American.........And God only knows the truth

    October 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Cindy Merrill

    Maybe the word he used was a fraudian slip- a derogatory term that can apply to anyone beholden to special interest groups-
    Democrat OR Republican. That's why I am an Independant. Folks, when you sign on to the "two party" system, you sign away your soul.
    What's even worse, however, is ONE party in full control of all branches of power, which we have right now.

    October 27, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    The Democrats are Mother Teresa compared to the REPUGNANTS

    October 27, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Just My Opinion in Texas

    Just my two cents about this guy ...

    If the people of his district like him .. they can vote to keep him in 2010.

    If they don't ... then they can kick him out.

    Either way ... it seems this guy is lacking that safety feature that keeps a person from spouting whatever pops into their dear, little, mush-brained head .. and it's gonna get him into a world of trouble. Probably much sooner than later.

    October 27, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. ghostwriter

    Yeah, this one is a bit over the top. He could've said something a bit more appropriate.

    October 27, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. single mom

    This guy's a Democrat? Why isn't that mentioned right at the beginning of the article?
    If he was a Republican, there would have been banners and 'special' in large red letters all over the place.
    Hypocritcal and biased much, CNN?

    October 27, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. buckwheat

    I am sure that you did not pay for this sorry web page design.Must have been done after a beer bust by a government official. You should get your money back. To hell with the blackberry commercial that pops up eating up my valuable time.

    October 27, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. T

    This is in no way standing up for what's 'right'. This is just being a pompous jerk.

    The loudest person rarely ever deserves the most attention.

    October 27, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. buckwheat

    I think the comment about working ladies is awful.Look what the jobless rate would be if the government could control them.At least they have a job and are willing to work .

    October 27, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. DCmike

    Go go Grayson! It's about time we had some straight talk from Capitol Hill. He nailed it right on the head as he has been for months. Anyone who can't see that he's correct is nothing short of an imbecile.

    October 27, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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