Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) released a statement Tuesday backtracking from a quote in Politico that fellow Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is one fry short of a Happy Meal.
Weiner made the comment after an audio recording was posted on YouTube of Grayson calling a former Enron Corp. lobbyist and current aide to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke a K Street whore.
Alan Grayson is a friend and an extraordinary Member of Congress, Weiner said in a statement. No obviously playful comment from me should distract from the important role Rep. Grayson has played in focusing on the true and tragic costs of our broken health care system. He is a leader and a patriot.
Grayson has recently become one of the Democrats most controversial Members. In September, he delivered a firey floor speech in which he charged that the Republican Partys plan for health care was dont get sick, and if you get sick to die quickly. He later used the remark to raise thousands for his re-election campaign.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.