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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  1. joe

    do work instead of bickering...who cares what he said get work done.....produce something for american people instead of wasting energy about what somone said over a month ago...

    GROW UP

    October 27, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Matt

    Grayson should get out of politics and host his own misinformation liberal talk show.

    He kind of looks like a mobster thug... talks like an idiot.

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

    This is the type of congressman we need. A new face! We need to take those reps that have been there for 10-30 yrs and dump them. They are the most corrupted ones there! Take them out grayson!

    If you are an american you need to go to youtube and see "the fall of the republic" It will blow you away and put everything into perspective!!!!

    October 27, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Marc L

    So Linda Robertson questions Grayson, and his response is to call her names. Sounds a lot like what children do. What's next, "I know you are, but what am I"?

    October 27, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    See, you Republicans, Grayson sounds as crazy to you as every Republican Obama-hater sounds to the rest of us in America. What goes around comes around.

    You Republicans need to stop and listen to yourselves for once and rethink what it is you're doing to yourselves, then MAYBE you'll start winning elections again.

    October 27, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Keirsten

    Having been one to "open mouth and insert foot" on more than one occasion, I can somewhat empathize with the Congressman. However that empathy rapidly turns to scorn considering the man continues to vigorously defend such an unprofessional and boorish comment weeks after the fact. Poop slinging monkeys have as much social grace as this buffoon. Submitted by a registered independent.

    October 27, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. The Middle

    A little harsh, but I like the fact that he calls people out. I'd rather have someone, (left or right), a little rough around the edges, using foul language than someone lying through their teeth but saying all the right things. By the way, if you think this was bad, you should read some of the other things he's said in the past. Doesn't offend me.

    October 27, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Ray

    Has he lied?

    October 27, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. ART

    I cannot begin to express how much i like this guy. What a breath of fresh air some one with the balls to stand up to those nasty hateful republicans.Please keep up the good work.

    October 27, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Jethro

    California, ya'll want him. we sure don't here in Fla. He's a good fit with Poloshi

    October 27, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. BigBee - Ohio

    Typical thinking from Congress these days. Always run the mouth before engaging brain. If this is what Florida wants it is their right to elect him again. Frankly, I would toss him and get something more qualified to represent them.

    October 27, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Wow!!

    She is a lobbyist and worked previously for Enron. Lobbyist hurt our country and make our politicians corrupt!!

    October 27, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. mike

    he calls as he sees it maybe we are to blind to see ourselves his statements maybe over the top but look at rush or beck the dope heads they do it it all the time and nothing is done about it this man is educated and talks about the facts not crap like the republicans

    October 27, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. juliet hartford ct

    News media need to start reporting real news and cut the foolishness out what are we 3 yrs old....with the he said and she said...gone are the days when the news is been reported with integrity and based on facts not this reality tv not be confused with reporters who reports the facts as they see it and not this elementary school info and back and forth.

    October 27, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. SNAPPA

    I love this guy, a politician that finally speaks the truth and doesn't hold any punches. I hope he has national asperations, I'd vote for him in a second.

    October 27, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Joe Reyes

    All bark but no bite and no brains. That's how guys like him usually are regardless of Party.

    October 27, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Dave of Old

    I would have to side with Grayson on this matter! So far, he has been, in my mind, right! The lobbyist doesn't provide much toward a counter argument and as a lobbyist she will say what she must to both appease and to sell her point of view. Point to Grayson on this matter!

    October 27, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Laurie

    This guy is not out of control. His statement was inappropriate but he said it weeks ago. I admire him for speaking his mind on issues that count. It's pretty wierd that Republicans have finally dug deep enough to find "something on him". I admire him greatly for what he said about health care regarding Republicans.

    October 27, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. andy

    What a disgrace. This guy is an idiot. The future of the dem party is Grayson..hahahahahaha

    October 27, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. hypocricy@itsbest

    So nice 2 see hypocrisy still alive and well with the ignorant 4th place cnn crowd.What this idiot has said in the last week should have all Americans disgusted R or D C or L but it doesnt, that is why this country will not last another 50 yr's Keep up the great work my fellow Americans you created these Politicians and they will be your demise.

    October 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Patrick

    If he supported the Republican bill to audit the reserve then I just gained a lot of respect for him.

    October 27, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Lu

    Unlike that crazy Michelle bachman, Grayson's comments actually hold water.

    October 27, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Republicans try to make something out of nothing

    SO WHAT? It's just his opinion and he has a right to it.

    October 27, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Chris - Seattle

    All the folks spewing rhetoric about this administration needing to pay attention to unemployment, need to do your homework and a lot of picketing. Globalization has been a green light for corporations large and small to send Americans to the unemployment line while replacing their jobs from overseas with foreign workers that make a lot less and thus improves the bottom line. A fix that I can think of is that Americans need to learn more and get paid less for what they know and if you can't do that, then we need to shed a light on corporations doing this and statrt boycotting and picketing their business. Other than that I can't see anything else that'll stop this locomotive called globalization.

    October 27, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Chris - Seattle

    Personally I think all lobbyist are from K Street and should be treated as such, right on Grayson!

    October 27, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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