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I got nothing. So how about the truth?
31 August 2015 - 6:26pm
I'm saying what you're thinking
31 August 2015 - 12:15pm
You vs. Goldman Sachs
28 August 2015 - 10:17am
Nope.
19 August 2015 - 5:14pm
Florida's First Liberal Governor
17 August 2015 - 1:19pm
I got nothing. So how about the truth?
31 August 2015 - 6:26pm

I know your newsfeed is flooded with fundraising posts, and I should probably have written something clever, but I got nothing. So how about the truth? 

Congressman Grayson needs your help. Goldman Sachs and all the Wall Street bankers are coming for us because they want Patrick Murphy to be their guy in the U.S. Senate. That sounds awful. So how about you take a quick minute and contribute to make sure we elect a progressive champion like Congressman Grayson instead? Okay? 

If you’re going to give $3 to only one fundraising post, you should probably give to this one — because it, like, actually matters >> 

Cheers, 

David Keith
Deputy Campaign Manager
Grayson for U.S. Senate

I'm saying what you're thinking
31 August 2015 - 12:15pm

On Thursday night, I joined Chris Hayes on MSNBC to talk about the movement that we’re building around the country, and what it means to be a real Democrat with guts:

“People have told me over and over and over again that I’m saying what they’re thinking, what no one else is saying. Those people who say that they are good solid Democrats. They’re champions of justice, equality, and peace.”

So am I — and that’s what we need in the U.S. Senate right now, another leader like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. They who aren’t afraid to take the fight to Wall Street, and speak truth to power about the important issues we’re facing as a nation. That’s who I am — and that’s the kind of United States Senator I’ll be. 

Your contribution of $3 is urgently needed before midnight tonight to match the money Wall Street bankers are spending to defeat me >>

While our campaign has built incredible momentum — we are leading the nation in small-dollar contributions — Wall Street is doubling down on its support of my opponent’s campaign. And the more momentum and People Power we build, the harder and harder they’re going to come after us. 

That’s one of the reasons we need to reach this 5,000 donor goal tonight — to show them the power and depth of the movement we’re building. 

Show Wall Street what you’re made of, with a $3 contribution today >>

Don’t let Goldman Sachs and the Wall Street bankers buy another election — join our campaign to elect a bold, progressive Senator with Guts. 

Courage, 

Rep. Alan Grayson
Candidate for U.S. Senate

You vs. Goldman Sachs
28 August 2015 - 10:17am

You know the truth: My vote can’t be bought. I can’t be bossed around. 

That’s why the Washington elites and Wall Street bankers hate me. 

You know who can be bought? Patrick Murphy, my opponent, who (for example) has taken more than $15,000 from Goldman Sachs. I wonder what he had to promise to get that money? Another disgusting attempt to slash Social Security and Medicare? Another repugnant vote to subsidize and bail out Wall Street? I wouldn’t put it past him. Neither should you. 

That’s the bad news; here’s the good news: we can match the more than $15,000 Goldman gave to Murphy with our own $15,000 from small-dollar online donors like you. Can you help match Goldman Sachs with a $3 contribution before midnight on Monday? 

I know we can match Goldman Sachs, and I know we can win this election the right way. We can do it without selling a vital organ on the black market, without robbing a bank, and without voting to deregulate Wall Street. We can do it, but only if you’re on board, because I need a people-powered movement to overcome Patrick Murphy’s support from Goldman Sachs and the shady Super PACs that are propping him up. 

In my congressional campaigns, over 100,000 of you contributed in support of my campaign for justice, equality, and peace. If just 5,000 of you make a small contribution this week, we’ll be able to match what Goldman Sachs is giving to Murphy and show them what grassroots support really looks like. 

Stick it to Goldman Sachs and Patrick Murphy this week by making a contribution of $3 or more right now >> 

Wall Street is heavily backing my opponent so he’ll continue to vote to deregulate Wall Street, gut Social Security and Medicare, and push the Democratic Party further to the right. I’ll do the exact opposite, and the best part is that I’ll do it for free. You don’t have to buy me off.

Instead, when we win, you’ll see Senator Grayson in January 2017 taking the oath of office to fight for the people, not the banks, corporations, or special-interest groups. You’ll see the Senator with Guts you deserve. 

Courage, 

Rep. Alan Grayson
Candidate for U.S. Senate

Nope.
19 August 2015 - 5:14pm

Yesterday, a group of anti-reproductive-choice zealots protested outside my Orlando district office to demand that I defund Planned Parenthood and return all contributions the women’s health organization has given to my campaign. I thought you’d like to know what I told them: 

“Nope.” 

It’s really that simple. I will never waiver in my support for reproductive freedom and women’s health care. 

Make a $3 contribution and stand with my continued support of Planned Parenthood >> 

Courage, 

Rep. Alan Grayson 
Candidate for U.S. Senate 

Florida's First Liberal Governor
17 August 2015 - 1:19pm

You won’t hear this from the loser “blue dog” Florida Democrats who think that the only way to beat a Republican is to be one.  (When has that ever worked? Like, never.)  But liberals and progressives can win statewide in Florida, and have won statewide in Florida, going all the way back to the 1950s.  For instance, perhaps you’ve heard these three words: “President Barack Obama.” He won Florida in 2008 and 2012, while being called a “liberal,” a “Muslim,” a “socialist,” and even a “liberal Muslim Socialist!”

There are also plenty of homegrown Florida progressives who have carried the state. Today, I want to focus on one of them, LeRoy Collins, who was the Governor of Florida from 1955 to 1961. Collins was the first Governor of Florida to serve two consecutive terms in office.  His opponents called him “Liberal LeRoy.” But history has shown that that label wasn’t a slur; it was a badge of honor.

Support my campaign so I can keep LeRoy Collins’ liberal spirit alive in Florida. Become a “Grayson Sustainer” by pledging to give $20.16 (or more) a month now. Contribute today. 

Collins, a Democrat, was born in Tallahassee, and he served in the Florida House of Representatives and Senate for almost 20 years before becoming Governor. Civil rights was the fundamental issue of the day. Initially, Collins, like almost every other white Southern politician, had reservations about the civil rights movement. But he also understood the depravity of segregation, and in 1956, he became the first Southern governor to speak out against it publicly.  At last, civil rights had its Southern white champion.

“I believe very deeply that I represent every man, woman and child in this state as their governor, whether that person is black or white, whether that person is rich or poor, or whether that person is influential or not influential,” Collins said during a 30-minute television and radio address, making the moral case for ending segregation.

The whites-only segregationist-led Florida Legislature saw it differently.  It tried to pass an “interposition” resolution.  “Interposition” was the 1950s version of “nullification,” the notion that the states could ignore the U.S. Constitution and federal law.  But Collins saw it coming, and in a stunning display of courage, using his powers as Governor, he adjourned the legislature before they could close down Florida public schools. 

No other southern Governor would join Collins. They didn’t have his progressive courage.

Collins also opposed capital punishment.  He fell just a few votes short of sending a constitutional amendment to the voters to abolish it. Poignantly, he said that every time he signed a death warrant, “it left him feeling nearly as guilty as the murderers."  Collins also was an early crusader against Big Tobacco’s advertising to hook children on cigarettes.

Later, Collins served under President Lyndon Johnson as the first Director of the Community Relations Service, where he continued his work to improve race relations. "Above all else, it is the moral duty of our generation to plow under racial injustice everywhere in the United States,” he said in 1963. 


In fact, as time passes, more and more conservatives, liberals - everyone on all sides – are praising Liberal LeRoy Collins for his integrity and courage in the face of violence and bigotry. Right after Liberal LeRoy Collins died in 1991, the Florida House of Representatives passed a unanimous resolution proclaiming Collins the “Floridian of the Century.” And last year, Jeb Bush gushed, “Florida’s greatest governor, LeRoy Collins, set a national example of principled leadership here that his successors have strived to follow.”

There it is: the only thing I can think of where Jeb Bush and I agree. Liberal LeRoy Collins was Florida’s greatest Governor. 

I won’t hold my breath and wait for current Florida Republicans Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, or even former Republican Patrick Murphy, to offer any kind words about Liberal LeRoy Collins’s progressive principles, or mine.  Perhaps like Jeb Bush, who sat in Collins’ chair in the State Capitol for eight years, maybe in a few decades, they’ll come around!

But I don’t need their praise and we can’t wait for the Republicans to have an epiphany of conscience and morality. What I do need is your help. If you support another progressive champion like “Florida’s Greatest Governor,” Liberal LeRoy Collins, then I urge you to support my campaign for justice, equality and peace. Become a “Grayson Sustainer,” and pledge to give $20.16, $50 or even $100 a month now. Every dollar helps. 

Courage in the Collins tradition, 

Rep. Alan Grayson
Candidate for the U.S. Senate 

Candidate for Senate (D-FL)

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