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. The Real Tom Paine

    A bit strong, but essentially correct. In a time when its acceptable to call the POTUS a liar, a socialist, a Nazi, etc, whats wrong with depicting those who make their living by hiring themselves out to whomever pays the most anything but that? Apparently its ok for the Right wing to heap all sorts of abuse on anyone who disagrees with them, but when a liberal shows a bit of backbone and gives as good he gets, the NRCC gets its collective panties in a twist.

    October 27, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Thats just what she is, and the Fed should be dismantled.Since when should a private bank control America and the World?Teddy Rooesvelt was the only President with the guts to take on the bankers.String her up to the nearest lamp post.

    October 27, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Kevin from Co

    This wacko is the best Florida can come up with? Seems like just another typical classless democrat.

    October 27, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. i want my finger back

    this guy looks like weirdo.

    October 27, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Thats just what she is, and the Fed should be dismantled.Since when should a private bank control America and the World?Teddy Rooesvelt was the only President with the guts to take on the bankers.

    October 27, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Chris - Denver

    I for one am glad this guy is wiling to call out the people who are subverting our interests to corporate America.

    October 27, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Allen

    I am glad he spells his name different than mine this guy reminds me of a manure spreader !That is no joke.Is this representation of the people of Florida??We need to EXAMINE CLOSELY WHO WE VOTE IN AS REPRESENTATION OF US.Would you send this guy to a job interview for you?

    October 27, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Change_Has_Begun

    i just love this guy...i know i will be donating to his campaign funds...we need more democrats like mr grayson...

    October 27, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Bananarama Victim II: Electric Boogaloo

    Let's see. Joe Wilson, hero, speaker of truth, in no way disrepectful even in terms of decorum. Now, Grayson is just out of line?

    Man, I knew conservatives were thick, I had no idea just how big of spoiled brats they are. They want to be able to throw the first punch and then hide behind teachers skirt.

    Conservative is the new coward.

    October 27, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. ChrisS

    "...She's a career lobbyist who used to work for Enron and advocates for whatever she gets paid to promote."

    If he is correct in the above statement then she is exactly as he described her. I see no problem with using direct, and correct, language.

    October 27, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Gary

    This guy's making the South Carolina politicians almost look inteligent

    October 27, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Mickey, NY

    Well, he's RIGHT!

    Grayson for President in 2016!

    October 27, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Susie

    Here is a politicial who says it as it is. At last a Democrat who is willing to stand up to the lies and distortions of the Republican party. I would support Grayson all the way.

    Keep it up Alan you are a breath of fresh air. Our President speaks the message and we need you to be the voice of the people. Keep telling it the way it is.

    October 27, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Pete East

    The spokesperson for the liberal wing of the Democrats is in rare form with this one. No doubt the far left will approve of your "scathing rhetoric" and roar their flatulent approval here. Everyone else take a deep whiff. You can expect to enjoy the wonderful aroma for some time to come.

    October 27, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Buffalo Bill

    Oh my gosh......this tramp, Linda Robertson, had the gall to work for Enron? Why is she not in jail? And on top of that, she had the "audacity" to ask a question of the learned congressman and former economist. Certainly at the very least "sensitivity" training is in order to get her mind "right"!

    October 27, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Okay Cnn:

    Good one!

    October 27, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. BigVic4

    I luv this guy...lol

    We need more like him!

    October 27, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Don M.

    Hey NRCC,

    Dig up the PAST, all you get is dirty...

    October 27, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. gary

    Odd that liberals who respond "spontaneously" with crude remarks are presented in a favorable light in the media while conservatives who react in a similar fashion like yelling “Lie” when they hear one issued from a podium are given extremely negative press.

    October 27, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Brady

    I find his statements to be insulting, vindictive, petty, and offensive. Alan Grayson represents what is wrong with Washington today. He just needs to sit down and shut up.

    October 27, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Objective Thinking

    I assume the GOP-backed bill to audit the Federal Reserve is Ron Paul's HR 1207. I am glad this bill has bipartisan support. Ron Paul is a Republican who has been consistently (meaning, under both Republican and Democrat administrations) aiming to bring an end to the Federal Reserve, which operates with fake transparency. And when I say fake transparency, I mean that the language in current law that allows for an "audit" for the Federal Reserve makes exceptions to what you can ask about–and the exceptions are basically a list of everything they do! So in the end, you're allowed to officially bring forward an audit, but you're not allowed to ask them about anything they actually do.

    Ron Paul's HR 1207 seeks to change this so we can actually ask the Federal Reserve about what they do.

    Please call the Congressman in support of HR 1207, and please call your Senators and let them know you want the Senate version to pass as well.

    October 27, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Josie

    Grayson is the gift that keeps on giving, to the Republicans. Talk about the "Angry Liberal", this guy takes the cake.

    October 27, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Auditor

    The NRCC seems to be showing their desperation again by going back in time to create another PC diversion.

    While I may have framed it differently, corporate lobbyists putting their hidden greed above the interests of the taxpayers do not seem to warrant political correctness. Americans deserve transparency and proper oversight of the Feds.

    October 27, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Mercedes

    I knew it will be just time before this congressman would have to shut up. We have to admit that he is not afraid of the republicans but who doesn't know that in politics it always comes back to bite you. Get ready for a wild ride congressman!

    October 27, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Not that I know a thing about Robertson' hypothetical commercial sexual endeavours, nor where she might or might not ply them, but I do get tired of the Fed's condescending (or defensive?) attitude toward those who question their high-and-mightiness.

    October 27, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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