Politics

Grayson Finds Silver Lining in Phone Hack

Florida Democrat received complimentary calls on his personal number

Rep. Alan Grayson said many people were complimentary of him in their phone calls to his personal phone after it was released in a hack. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson said in a fundraising email that after his phone number was released in the recent hack of the Democratic National Committee emails, many people called to offer him praise and encouragement. 

Grayson noted that one of the leaks posted the phone numbers of nearly all Democratic lawmakers, which led to some members receiving "obscene and sick calls."

"Well, of course, that’s terrible," he said in the email. "But for what it’s worth, most of mine weren’t like that."

Rather, Grayson said many callers appreciated his political stances and one even called for him to stage a presidential primary challenge against Hillary Clinton in 2020, to which he said "thanks, but no thanks."

[Three Graysons on the Ballot in Florida]

"But it was interesting to me that while my fellow 'public servants' were being served up some very nasty stuff, most people who felt moved to contact me had something good to say about the work that we’ve done, to make the world a better place," Grayson wrote.

Grayson is running against Rep. Patrick Murphy for the Florida Senate seat in next week's Democratic primary. Much of the party establishment has lined up behind Murphy, and Grayson lost the support of many progressive groups after allegations that he abused his ex-wife.

The winner will likely face incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio, who has a large lead over the Republican field.

The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race Tilts Republican.

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