Grayson defended the ad and said it wasn’t the reason he lost along with nearly 50 other Democratic incumbents.
“What happened last week is that Democratic voters didn’t vote,” Grayson said. “It wasn’t a situation where Democrats decided to vote for Republican candidates. It was a situation where Democrats decided to stay home.”
Asked about Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Grayson said she was excellent in leading the Democrats in the majority and remains the best person to head the party again in the minority.
“I don’t think Nancy Pelosi is responsible for what happened this past Tuesday,” Grayson said. “I can’t think of anyone else in contention for that job who would do a better job of making sure the Democrats are a cohesive, coherent whole that actually marches in the direction of progress and change.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.