Congressman will not face charges in domestic incident
March 7th, 2014
07:16 PM ET
6 months ago

Congressman will not face charges in domestic incident

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida will not be charged in a domestic incident with his wife, according to his office.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department made that decision on Friday, Lauren Doney, a spokeswoman for the Florida Democrat, said in a statement.

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Congressman denies accusation of assaulting wife
March 5th, 2014
10:40 AM ET
6 months ago

Congressman denies accusation of assaulting wife

(CNN) – Rep. Alan Grayson strongly denied an accusation that he assaulted and injured his wife, his office said in a statement.

"These allegations are absolutely false, completely unfounded, and clearly designed to vilify and harm Congressman Grayson," said Lauren Doney, a spokesperson for the Florida Democrat.
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Democratic Congressman depicts tea party as Ku Klux Klan
October 22nd, 2013
02:49 PM ET
11 months ago

Democratic Congressman depicts tea party as Ku Klux Klan

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, used an image of a burning cross in an email to his supporters that compared the tea party movement to the Ku Klux Klan.

Next to the tall "T" of the burning cross are letters superimposed on the image that spell out "Tea Party," while KKK members stand in the background.
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Filed under: Alan Grayson • Tea Party
October 12th, 2010
07:45 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Grayson's bombastic rhetoric may cost him his seat

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here . Today's featured district is:

FL-08: Rep. Alan Grayson is in danger of losing his seat.
Primary: August 24, 2010
Location: The middle of the state/a piece of Orlando
Days until the election: 21

This race is nothing if not interesting. First off, you have outspoken and controversial incumbent, Rep. Alan Grayson who has served one term in the House of Representatives, and earned far more than his share of bombastic headlines, famously referring to a woman lobbyist as a "K-Street Whore," and summarizing the Republican position on health care as "If you get sick, die quickly," much to the dismay of his party.
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Filed under: 2010 • Alan Grayson • CNN 100 • Florida
September 28th, 2010
03:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Florida candidate challenges opponent's political ad

Washington (CNN) - The challenger in a hotly contested race for a U.S. House seat in central Florida accused Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson on Monday of using misleading edits in a campaign ad to distort his comments.

Former Florida state Rep. Dan Webster said the new ad by Grayson's re-election campaign doesn't accurately portray what the GOP candidate said.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alan Grayson • Daniel Webster • Florida
September 10th, 2010
08:19 AM ET
4 years ago

Alan Grayson's re-election fight






(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson from Orlando, Florida, is known for speaking his mind.

It was Grayson who barreled onto the House floor last year to summarize the Republican health care plan as: "If you get sick, die quickly." It was Grayson who compared former Vice President Dick Cheney to a vampire. It was Grayson who called a lobbyist-turned-federal-reserve employee a "K Street whore."

When we asked Grayson about being referred to as "one fry short of a happy meal" he assured us he was not crazy in the truest sense of the word.

"Everybody is entitled to their opinion but I can tell you that if working hard and delivering for people is better, then that may make me crazy. If that's what it takes to call somebody crazy ... then I'm guilty as charged."

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Filed under: 2010 • Alan Grayson • Florida
March 4th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Bachmann, Grayson square off on health care

(CNN) - Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, and Alan Grayson, D-Florida, engaged in a spirited debate on health care reform Wednesday night on CNN's Larry King Live.

Specifically, the two squared off over whether the tactic of reconciliation - requiring only a simple majority to pass the measure - should be used.

"That's not how the Senate works," Bachmann said. "The Senate works with 60 votes, and now what the president is promoting is a nuclear option which is 50 votes."

Grayson replied: "There's nothing in the Senate rules that prevents reconciliation. It's been used 22 times overall and 14 times by Republicans. If it's good enough to provide tax cuts for the rich - twice under Bush - it's good enough to provide health care for all Americans."


Filed under: Alan Grayson • Michele Bachmann
February 19th, 2010
07:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Grayson caught in Niger coup

Rep. Alan Grayson will return to the United States Friday.
Rep. Alan Grayson will return to the United States Friday.

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, narrowly escaped harm earlier this week after being caught up in a military coup in the African country of Niger.

Grayson's press secretary, Todd Jurkowski, confirmed to CNN that Grayson was close to the action. "He heard the gunshots. They were literally in the building next door."

The outspoken congressman was in Niger as part of a congressional delegation focused on science, technology and humanitarian relief, according to Jurkowski. When the situation began to unravel, Grayson was taken to the residence of the United States Ambassador to Niger, where he was placed under armed protection.

On Thursday, Assistant U.S. Secretary of State P.J. Crowley told reporters the U.S. Embassy was monitoring the situation and confirmed Grayson was safe at the embassy. Later that night, a Niger military official announced the country's constitution has been suspended.

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Filed under: Alan Grayson • Popular Posts
December 10th, 2009
03:41 PM ET
7 months ago

Grayson to Cheney: Time to 'STFU'

Grayson to Cheney: Time to ‘STFU’
Grayson to Cheney: Time to ‘STFU’

Washington (CNN) – Outspoken Rep. Alan Grayson has a message for blunt-speaking former Vice President Dick Cheney: stop talking.

Responding to the former VP’s criticism of President Obama’s national security policy, including his decision to try accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court, the Florida Democrat lapsed into Web-speak.

“You know, on the internet there's an acronym that's used to apply to situations like this. It's called ‘STFU,’” Grayson said on MSNBC’s Hardball. “I don't think I can say that on the air, but I think you know what that means.” The letters are an acronym for “shut the f*** up.”

Cheney has been a vocal critic of the president’s policies, telling Fox News earlier this week that the extended decision-making process on Afghanistan “feeds into sort of the basic al Qaeda strategy” by fueling a sense of uncertainty on the future direction of U.S. involvement.


Filed under: Alan Grayson • Dick Cheney • Popular Posts
October 28th, 2009
05:30 AM ET
3 years ago

Grayson apologizes for 'whore' comment

Rep. Grayson issued a written apology for a controversial statement he made last month.
Rep. Grayson issued a written apology for a controversial statement he made last month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson issued a written apology Tuesday evening for a comment for a month-old comment that has stirred controversy on Capitol Hill in recent days.

During a September radio interview, Grayson called Linda Robertson, an aide to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who has also worked as a lobbyist, a "K Street whore."

In a statement issued Tuesday evening, Grayson said his comment was inappropriate.

"I offer my sincere apology," Grayson said in the statement, "I did not intend to use a term that is often, and correctly, seen as disrespectful of women.

"This characterization of Ms. Robertson, made during a radio interview last month in the context of the debate over whether the Federal Reserve should be independently audited, was inappropriate, and I apologize."

Just hours earlier, a spokesman for Grayson had defended the comment in a statement to CNN.
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