Grayson Campaign Thanks ‘Republican Hypocrites’ for Spurring Donations

Posted October 2, 2009 at 3:57pm

Mocking Republican outrage over his claim that the GOP wants the sick to “die quickly,— Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) on Friday thanked his critics for helping him raise over $100,000 in new campaign donations this week.

“Congressman Grayson’s re-election campaign wishes to thank all of the Republican hypocrites who attacked Grayson,— the campaign said in an e-mail Friday. “As soon as the Republican hissy fits began, contributions began to pour in to Grayson’s campaign. Thousands of new contributors joined Alan’s Army overnight.—

Couching his tongue-in-cheek e-mail as an effort to “usher in a new era of bipartisanship,— Grayson went on to offer Republican leaders spots on his campaign team. He specifically offered National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) the post of chairman of the Grayson fundraising committee and Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (Ga.) the job of campaign finance director.

Price, along with the NRCC and several other GOP leaders have called on Grayson to apologize after his comments on the House floor Tuesday night.

“If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly,— Grayson said.

The Congressman has refused to apologize for the comment.

“Keep up the good work, gentlemen,— the campaign e-mail said Friday. “The Grayson campaign thanks you for your support.—

NRCC spokesman Andy Sere fired back Friday afternoon.

“In turn, we’d like to thank Alan Grayson for his willingness to sacrifice a Congressional seat for 15 minutes of shame,— Sere wrote. “But do all those poor souls who donated to him know that the Congressman from crazy town is worth over $30 million and doesn’t need their money, anyway?—

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee did not return a call for comment on Grayson’s latest missive.

Republicans are calling Grayson’s seat a top target of the 2010 cycle.

Grayson won upset victories in the Democratic primary and then the general election over then-Rep. Ric Keller (R) in 2008. His district is trending slightly Democratic, but Republicans argue that the Democrat is too liberal for his constituents.

Todd Long, the conservative activist who almost beat Keller in the 2008 GOP primary, is running again, along with Dan Fanelli (R), a retired pilot. But there are several other intriguing potential Republican candidates on the horizon. The list includes Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty, state Rep. Steve Precourt, state Sen. Andy Gardiner and former state Sen. Dan Webster.