The outspoken, liberal Democrat, former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla, who made a name for himself during his two years in Congress with a fiery floor speech attacking the Republican health care plan says he’s running again.
The Orlando, Fla., Democrat Alan Grayson said of the plan in 2009: “If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly. That’s right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick.”
Former U.S. Representative for Florida’s 8th congressional district, Alan Grayson said he’s raised almost $100,000 before his announcement Monday. “We need somebody who’s gonna stick up for what’s right. Somebody with guts,” Grayson told WFTV. “What went wrong with my campaign, and Democratic campaigns all over the country, is that Democrats didn’t vote.”
“People understood we need a congressman with guts,” he said. “There needs to be some Democrat who’s willing to tell it like it is, and I don’t see a lot of people doing it nationally.”
Alan Grayson joins a growing list of defeated former members for a comeback Bill Foster, D-Ill., Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., Ciro Rodriguez, D-Texas, and Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H. During Alan Grayson’s last campaign an ad referred to his opponent, Daniel Webster, as Taliban Dan. Grayson lost his District 8 Congressional seat to Webster after a highly controversial campaign.