October 12th, 2010
07:45 AM ET
12 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.

His rhetoric on the campaign trail against his GOP opponent, Dan Webster, has caused just as much wincing and hand wringing from his own party – as Grayson has referred to Webster as "Taliban Dan," and has ads up distorting Webster's words to sound as if he was advocating a more submissive role for women.

The National Republican Campaign Committee has happily taken advantage of Grayson's political humdingers, calling him a "national embarrasment" in their advertising in the district.

The overall dynamic would be hard enough for Grayson, whose district doesn't reflect his liberal voting record, nor his outpsoken liberal views (he is attending rallies held by the anti-war protesting group, Code Pink). But adding the poisonous atmosphere for Democrats and the economic woes of the country, Grayson is staring at a very uphill battle to keep his seat. Both prominent political handicappers Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook now predict that the seat will fall into Dan Webster's hands.

Filed under: 2010 • Alan Grayson • CNN 100 • Florida
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    Where are the NUMBERS – CNN is great at POLLING everything but this story!!! Percentages and NUMBERS PLEASE. Let's see how far-right the results are leaning!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 12, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Jeff in Virginia

    Actually, it is CNN's bombastic headlines that are improperly casting candidates as extreme.

    Take it down a notch, do everybody a favor.

    October 12, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. Hugo

    Grayson exemplifies what has transpired in Florida over the last 40 years or so, Lemme show ya how we does it up North there.... I wish he would move back to Brooklyn where he belongs and fits in, he is not representative of Florida.

    October 12, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. John D

    Grayson is a LOUDMOUTHED disgusting pig! Nothing much more needs to or should be said about this JERK!

    October 12, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Barry

    Grayson is just one of the many Democrats that join the unemployed soon. The same 9.6% unemployed that the job killing policies they supported created. Poetic justice! Grayson like so many Democrats have the entitlement attitude. Bye Bye Grayson.

    October 12, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. katiec

    Well, just perhaps CNN, it may also help him win.
    Grayson tells it like it is, does not pull punches.
    Am so sick of the media, big business, trying to pump into voters heads that the Democrats are toast.
    Intelligent voters realize the media's bias and will take every headline, of which there are many, with
    a grain of salt.

    October 12, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Gobama!

    The GOP are the embarrassment. They offer no solutions.

    October 12, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Sgt. Joe

    I find the guy a refreshing antidote to the GOP fringies. Seems when a Dem gets aggressive, the GOP and many Dems can't take the heat. Why is it acceptable that this brand of spewing is okay from the right wing fringies like of Palin, Bachman, Angle, and the rest of the tireless list. Sorry to say, but referring to the some of the fringies as American Taliban is not that much of a stretch.

    October 12, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |

    Grayson is a rude jerk who needs to go back to New York and stay there.

    October 12, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    Republicans are sinking 20% of the money they have for congressional races into this race, because Congressman Grayson can't be bought, and they know it and don't like it. I think they protest just a little too much, no?

    October 12, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Bridge

    Sad days for MSM. When this idiot spewed hateful rhetoric against Republicans and women, it received big print headlines not to condemn it but to condemn the people he was attacking (check your archives and you will verify this!). Now that's he's being made to pay his dues, you find this story buried as much as possible AND written to be APOLOGETIC to this jerk that he's getting voted out of office. Want to know WHY no one respects MSM anymore...ask yourselves how these stories AND this upcoming defeat would have been played out if EVERYTHING was the exact same EXCEPT the party of the congressman was listed as Republican instead of Democrat. Doesn't take much to figure out, just look at the attacks against less volatile Repub candidates and compare to this guys article.

    October 12, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Right Leaning Independent

    I hope the Florida voters send this moronic idiot to the unemployment line!!!!

    October 12, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Lucullus

    Of course, find a Democrat who will fight and deal with the jack boot right the way they deal with opponents and suddenly he's a bad guy. If only the American peasentry would open their eyes to who really wants to hurt them

    October 12, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. proud conservative

    Leave Washington QUICKLY Mr. Grayson.

    October 12, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Bob in PA

    Grayson is just am embarassment to his community. The faster they bury this guy the better off they are.

    October 12, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |