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. Chuck

    This guy is a loose cannon, sure am glad he is a democrat... fits right in with Obama, Reid and Pelosie... all nuts!

    October 27, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Rick CT

    The putting of "Grayson" and "sir" in the same sentence is an improper use of the English language.

    October 27, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. RahmAxleRod SuperTroopers

    Harvard dont let them in your school without a common sense test.. or you get idiots like this....

    October 27, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Republicans sicken me.
    They wail on Obama as if he was the secon coming of Mao, yet when it comes to one of the most important appointments, economically speaking...

    HE KEPT THE SAME GUY BUSH APPOINTED

    I know I cant have my cake and eat it too, Obama is not perfect, but either can you Republicans.

    Which one is it? Give me a plain 3 word answer, like your slogans are, becasuse that is just about your attention span capability, 3 words.

    October 27, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Ann Lord

    Alan Grayson...........My New Hero!!!! Keep speaking the truth man. The Republicans are so good at being evil and lying and too many Democrats are afraid to call them out!!!! Thank you, Mr. Grayson......a pig is a pig no matter how much lipstick she wears!!!!!

    October 27, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Reagan was wrong

    As much as I like Grayson for finally giving the GOP a dose of their own medicine, I sometimes think he should cool it down.

    October 27, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Ray

    All you righties pulling the Wilson card-"Oh boohoo he only gets away with it cuz he's a lib. Boohoohoo"

    No. He gets away with it because he is speaking when it is his turn to speak. He did not interrupt the President's speech to call him a liar. Big difference.

    October 27, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Jeff

    The easy thing would be to say that Grayson is an abject idiot. But I don't think he is; rather, he appears to be posturing in an attempt to give himself a soft landing after he is voted out by his constituents in Florida. He has put their concerns (particularly their objections to Obamacare) on the back-burner in the name of advancing himself, whether that be some position within the Democratic party, the Obama White House, or some lobbying outfit in DC. Let him keep talking – I'm sure Howard Dean is out there somewhere just waiting to put Grayson on his payroll.

    October 27, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Sounds like his comment was right on to me. Glad we finally have someone with a spine in office.

    October 27, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. SanoSK

    Grayson does not belong in the House! Come on Florida . . . elect Grayson as your senator! Since Biden has learned to watch what he says, we are woefully short on colorful characters in the Senate!

    October 27, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Max In NY

    so happy there is a democrat with a spine!

    For any republican getting mad at anything this guy, I say: you are the biggest hypocrite in the world. For years your party has slowed down any progress in this country with one liners, which the weak minded and ignorant thrive on in arguments far out of their comprehension. Now its our turn...see how you like it!?

    October 27, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Tarheel

    Ahhhh, Grayson is apparently the new head of the Democratic Party. The sad part is he is still an improvement over Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barny Frank.

    October 27, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Nancy

    If Grayson is the face of the new democratic party then the republicans will have no problem taking back the house and senate in 2010.

    October 27, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Mike

    What is it with Florida voters? Are they completely ignorant of who they vote for? Is senility really setting in down there or what?
    This guy is a tool who should be making fries for the Happy Meal and not being compared to being a few fries short of a Happy Meal. If he is qualified for even that.

    October 27, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Bill Lewis in Austin

    If you tally up all the inappropriate and hate- filled comments made by Republicans and compare those to what the Dems have said, the Dems would look like saints. I've always maintained that Republicans are great at dishing it out, but whine like a bunch of babies when the tables are turned-no disrespect meant to the babies.

    October 27, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Can always tell when someone's doing a good job of angering the other side: they send out drones to copycat you on silly sites like this one. Get a life dude.

    Fact is, if this was a guy that Grayson called a wh-re, we wouldn't be having this discussion. All lobbyists are wh-res tho, and I'd never argue otherwise. You put your ankles behind your ears like they do and you could be called nothing less.

    October 27, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Candide

    Wow. This guy's on a roll and right on track for the Buffoon of the Year award! My guess is that if he keeps it up he'll embarass his constituents enought that his freshman year will be his last.

    October 27, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Florence

    Mr. Grayson is a brave man. He is doing what he is supposed to do. I rather have a politically incorrect representative than a wimp a.. kisser. He’s absolutely right calling Ms. Robertson the name almost every lobbyist deserves.
    Federal Reserve is not an exception. They need to be audited just like everyone else. No one is above the law.
    Bush and his cronies got away with murder, theft, torture, fraud and by putting the whole world in disarray. Wall Street, Bank, Insurance, Oil Co. and large War Machine Corporation CEO’s got away with robbing us blind and put us in this economic frenzy. And the government is going after those people who had to steal a loaf of bread in order to survive and feed their family. It’s Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserable” and Jean Valjean all over again. Am I going to get in trouble with FBI to say it’s time for revolution?

    October 27, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Al California

    Just when we thought America was beginning to feel a bit more safe from terrorists, up pops this moron!. To bad his mother wasn't a pro-choice person, because if she had been he wouldn't have come into the world. I'm sure momma is real proud of her son and all the headlines he's making. But maybe she isn't reading the headlines as she walks her own side of the street.

    October 27, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. D. Peterson

    When are we as a nation, going to grow up and stop all this name calling and get down to the business of growing this country in a profitable, responsible and ethical maner.

    October 27, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Jobless Recovery

    What a jerk. If a repub said that, it would be on the cover of the NY Times and all the other front pages of the supposed main-stream newspapers.
    One word for this guy: CLOWN.

    October 27, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Crikey Grayson, grow up. You are supposed to be an adult.

    You are an embarassment.

    October 27, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Tom Adams

    Shows what the dim-a-crats are really all about doesn't it?? Sure glad we have bubble heads like that in office.

    October 27, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Enough

    How can anyone think this guy is great? We should expect our elected officials to perform their job in a professional manner and spewing insane comments. If he were a Republican there would be outrage from the left demanding an apology. The Hypocrisy party supports anyone on their team and doesn't care about ethics.

    October 27, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Erasmus

    What's the problem. Call them like you see them. If an idiot congressman from South Carolina can call the President a liar before a joint session of Congress and the entire world, I think its fair that a Congressman can defend himself against a lobbyist.

    October 27, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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