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. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., walks on Broadway after a Future Forum with young entrepreneurs in the Flatiron District of New York City, April 16, 2015. Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Grace Meng, D-N.Y., also attended.