This is welcome news! Former Representative Alan Grayson is going to run for Congress again! It was always one of the great shames of the 2008 election that one of the few loud and proud Liberals was swept to election in a district that was generally going to be won by a Republican. But be that as it may it seems the Mr. Grayson is not going to hang up his spurs just because he got beat once.
The Orlando Sentinels Taking Names blog is reporting that Grayson told them directly that he is going to run again. It is still up in the air as to whether Mr. Grayson will run against the Republican who drubbed him this last go ‘round or if he will run in the newly created and more heavily Democratic Congressional District.
Here is what he told Taking Names:
Grayson claims the Middle Class needs an advocate; that Social Security and Medicare need protecting and that he’s the guy to do it.
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering if Grayson has mellowed since his loss … um, no. In fact, when I asked if he had any plans to tone down any of his rhetoric, he found the question insulting. “I was a fighter. I’m still a fighter,” he said. “I hope I never change.”
I hope he never changes either. We at FDL recently had a webinar for our members with Rep. Grayson. He didn’t mention running then, but it is good to hear however the news gets out.
If Rep. Grayson can win his way back to Congress is will show that Liberal or Progressive Democrats, who are not afraid to speak their minds and actually speak for the people, can win. This is one of those perennial arguments in the Democratic Party, whether candidates who are unabashedly liberal can win.
It seems to me that he will have a good shot, between a proven ability to raise gobs of money and his name recognition he is in a good position to really take the fight to whoever his opponent turns out to be.
What is on your minds tonight Firedogs? The floor is yours!