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Republicrat Patrick Murphy is Attacking Me
28 July 2015 - 10:56am
What I Told Fox News About Medicare
28 July 2015 - 10:55am
My Democratic Opponent is an Errand Boy for Wall Street
28 July 2015 - 10:55am
Another Day, Another Allen West E-Mail to Me
23 July 2015 - 12:50pm
Allen West Was in My Inbox Yesterday
21 July 2015 - 8:51pm
Republicrat Patrick Murphy is Attacking Me
28 July 2015 - 10:56am

If you’ve been following the race to replace Marco Rubio in the Senate lately, you know that former Republican Patrick Murphy has gone on the attack.Murphy, who was a Republican for his whole life until a month before he ran for Congress – Murphy, who contributed $2300 to Mitt Romney’s campaign – Murphy is claiming that a real Democrat like me cannot win statewide in Florida. So we Democrats have no choice but to nominate a fake one like him. 

Patrick, have you heard of Barack Obama? He’s won Florida, twice. You can look it up. 

Oh, and two different polls show me beating the GOP candidates in the general election. 

What’s Murphy’s real motivation? Maybe it’s because today, the fourth poll in a row came out showing me beating him in the Democratic Primary. Or maybe it’s because in the first 24 hours after I told you about my decision to run for Senate, we received contributions from more than 1,000 individuals. 

Maybe Republicrat Patrick Murphy is attacking me because he can’t obviously talk about his plan for “across the board” cuts to Social Security or Medicare, or his votes to weaken the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law (in exchange for lots and lots of PAC contributions, of course). Maybe he’s slinging mud because he doesn’t want anyone to notice that the lobbyists and special interests he dials every day, to get them to dump money into his campaign coffers, are the same uber-rich elites that that have stacked the deck in Washington, DC against everyday people like you. He gets along well with them, because he’s one of them. 

Do you want to talk to Patrick Murphy about some issue that’s important to you? No problem. Just bring along a $10,000 check. 

You’ve heard the phrase “time is money”? Well, Patrick Murphy’s time is your money. 

Whatever Murphy’s reasons are, one thing is clear: With powerful special interests behind him, we know that he’ll have plenty of money for his campaign. And he’s used that money to hire a “communications team” dedicated to smearing me, 24/7. That’s their full-time job: slinging mud at me. It’s outrageous. 

But I’m not worried. Murphy may have Big Money behind him, but I’ve got you. Grassroots progressives like you are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. You are the ones who lick envelopes, knock on doors, and do the hard work that helps Democrats win. 

So I need your help. 

I’m running for the Senate because deepening inequality is choking off opportunity for almost everyone. We must expand Social Security and Medicare, becauseseniors deserve a raise. We need to make sure every American can attend college without racking up outrageous debt, because education is the key to being all that you can be. 

In order to win in the general election, in order to be fair to the voters and give them a real choice, the winner of this Democratic Primary must draw a contrast between what we believe and what Republicans believe. With me, what you see is what you get. But the contrast between Republicrat Patrick Murphy and Republicans is like the contrast between khaki and ecru, or Diet Coke, Coke Light and Coke Zero. It barely exists. Murphy and the GOP nominee would be just two more candidates who want to cut the law into little pieces, and then auction it off to the highest bidder. 

Here’s a real contrast for you. Unlike my opponent, I am unbought and unbossed. That’s why I need your help, and that’s why I deserve it. 

Courage, 

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

What I Told Fox News About Medicare
28 July 2015 - 10:55am

By coincidence, the same day that Jeb Bush was caught saying that Medicare needs to be “phased out,” I was on Fox News Radio with national host Alan Colmes, talking about Medicare and Social Security. Our discussion went quite differently, though. Listen to this specific blueprint for how toimprove Medicare and Social Security: 

COLMES: I’m Alan Colmes. I’m always happy to welcome to our microphones Congressman Alan Grayson, representing Florida’s 9th district in Congress, and now seeking the seat of Marco Rubio in the Senate. Mr. Grayson, thanks for coming on the program tonight. 

GRAYSON: Thanks for having me on. As one Alan to another, thank you very much… . 

COLMES: All right, let’s talk about some serious issues here with Alan Grayson, who is seeking the Senate seat that is now controlled by Marco Rubio. What are your plans for Social Security and Medicare? Those are the things I know that are very important in your state of Florida and they’re important nationally. It seems like those governors who expanded Medicaid coverage are the ones that are doing better by their constituency in terms of the ACA. 

GRAYSON: Well, it’s very simple. Seniors deserve a raise. That’s what it comes down to. Seniors have been cheated now for decades, because of the way we miscalculate these cost of living adjustments. They fall further and further behind every year. That has to change. We have to make up for some of the losses they have incurred just by remaining alive and living through these miscalculations, year after year and month after month. The [adjustments] should be calculated on the basis of what seniors are actually spending their money on and not on the basis of some skewed CPI thing that the government comes up with that has nothing to do with how seniors spend their money. Does it really matter how college tuition changes if you’re a senior and you don’t have a child in school and you’re not in school? Does it really matter? Of course not. It’s like the tree that falls in the forest and nobody hears it. Beyond that, Medicare also has to be expanded. We make a promise to seniors that we’re going to take care of them and their health in their old age, and somehow we exclude their eyes, their ears, and their teeth. 

COLMES: Yeah. 

GRAYSON: That’s never made any sense to me. It just doesn’t make any sense. So I’m proposing three specific things in regard to seniors. First, expand Medicare to include eyes, ears, and teeth. Secondly, we expand the cost of living adjustment to be fair to them and to help to give them back some of what they’ve lost over the years. And third, we eliminate the double taxation of Social Security. You pay taxes on Social Security when you pay into the system, and then you pay taxes again when it pays out to you. And let me tell you something – Democrats, Republicans, Independents, everyone‘s upset about that. 

COLMES: So does Social Security need to be saved? Is there a problem with it? 

GRAYSON: I have drafted a bill that makes Social Security solvent until the end of time. 

COLMES: Until the end of time? 

GRAYSON: Until the end of time, at least according to the people who actually evaluate these things on behalf of the government. It’s very simple. We have to – you’ve heard the term before – “scrap the cap.” We scrap the cap, and make sure that everyone pays equal amounts of their income into the system. Not even a progressive amount, just an equal amount. We stop zeroing out people once they get to $125,000 of income each year. [That makes Social Security] solvent forever. 

COLMES: What about raising the [retirement] age? 

GRAYSON: My goodness, well what’s the need for that? If we have a system that’s solvent forever, why would we want to cheat seniors [that way]? People pay into the system for 40 years. Why would we want to change the rules? 

COLMES: Because people are living longer, you know. People are. Is 65 even a reasonable age at which people should retire at this point? 

GRAYSON: I would say so. I know plenty of seniors in Florida, and I will tell you that you reach a point when you simply can’t work any longer. You can’t work. You’re too frail. Regardless of the fact that you’re still alive, that doesn’t mean that you can show up for work at 8 o’clock in the morning, and operate a pneumatic drill. There’s plenty of work that seniors simply are [physically] unable to do. And, in fact, 1/3 of seniors get no income at all except for Social Security. So what are we going to do? Force those people to work until they die? … . 

COLMES: I appreciate your coming on the program. Obviously this will be a campaign we’ll be watching, and I always appreciate your graciousness and goodwill to come on this show, Congressman Grayson, and I thank you for your time tonight. 

If you want someone who will be a champion not just for “preserving” Social Security and Medicare, but improving them, you’ve found one. Support our campaign today. 

Courage, 

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

P.S. In Thursday’s e-mail, I quoted John Waite’s song “Missing You.” When I took three of my kids out to lunch today, the first song playing in the restaurant was “Missing You.” What are the odds? Just sayin’. 

My Democratic Opponent is an Errand Boy for Wall Street
28 July 2015 - 10:55am

This week marks the five-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.It’s a bill that I worked on and I supported because it’s a step in the right direction, even though it doesn’t always go far enough to protect Americans from predatory banking, more bailouts (which I voted against) and another Wall Street crash. 

I think you feel the same way. That’s why I’m asking you to support my campaign for U.S. Senate. I promise you that I’ll keep fighting to make sure that American taxpayers never again have to bail out the Fat Cats on Wall Street! 

I’ve already crossed swords with Wall Street, and won. In 2009, I introduced a bill to prevent Wall Street from using bailout money for bonuses. The House of Representatives passed the Grayson “Pay for Performance Act” – in nine days. 

My “Democratic” opponent in the Florida primary can’t make that same claim. Not so long ago, Rep. Patrick Murphy (or “Trick,” as we call him) was a Republican. But that’s not the only reason why we refer to him as a quotation-marks “Democrat.” There are some Republicans, like Ron Paul, who have stood up to Wall Street. Alas, that’s not the case with “Trick” Murphy. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Just look at his record coddling Wall Street, handing them the dice to gamble with our money, and relentlessly undermining America’s financial safety. 

The “Volcker Rule,” created by former Fed Chair Paul Volcker, is a key element of that safety. It separates investment gambling from normal banking. In January, Rep. Murphy voted to delay the implementation of the Volcker Rule until 2019.He failed. Thankfully, that rule, which stops banks from making risky bets with savings deposit money, took effect this week! 

“Trick” Murphy also co-sponsored a bill to invite mortgage companies to charge higher fees to consumers. 

Murphy also wrote a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to attacking a regulation that would protect contributors to retirement funds from unscrupulous and greedy investment “advice.” 

Let me put this as simply as possible. A vote for Murphy is a vote for Wall Street greed, and a vote for another Great Crash. And if you suffered in any way following the Crash of ‘08, then I urge you to protect yourself, and join me in the fight to prevent it from happening again. 

Time and time again, Rep. Murphy has sided with Wall Street against Main Street. Why? You know why: $$$$$$, and lots of it. But more on that later. 

In the meantime, please just understand that my vote is not for sale!Contributions to our campaign from people like you give me the independence to stand up to Wall Street, and do what’s right. 

Please support my campaign for justice, equality and peace. Become a “Grayson Sustainer” and pledge to give $20.16, $50 or $100 a month now. Every dollar helps. 

Courage, 

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

Another Day, Another Allen West E-Mail to Me
23 July 2015 - 12:50pm

At 3:23 am this morning, there was a tremor in the Force. No, it was not the planet Alderaan being destroyed – that doesn’t happen until Episode IV. The tremor was caused by another e-mail that landed in my inbox touting Allen West for Senate. 

This is the same Allen West who once called me “despicable,” “demeaning” and “disgusting” – the Triple Crown of insults starting with the letter “D”. Perhaps West was angling for the Nobel Prize in Literature, if it were awarded by Sesame Street. 

We need to stop Allen West from entering the Senate. Please contribute whatever you can to our Stop Allen West fund. Every dollar counts. 

Why Allen West? Because, the e-mail says, “In Congress, Allen West was a principled conservative and a leader in the Tea Party movement.” 

You can see what this is all about. You thought that the Tea Party was dead. Well, apparently, it is undead. And all of the reanimated corpses have an insatiable hunger to see Allen West in the Senate. 

Allen West is a hero to the Tea Party. Is that what we want to see in the U.S. Senate? No-No-No! Help make sure that that never happens, by donating to our Stop Allen West fund. 

West thinks that I’m a Marxist. (Karl, not Groucho.) How do I know that? Because he said so. On April 10, 2012: 

Weird Question: “What percentage of the American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists or International Socialists?“ 

Weird Allen West Answer: “It’s a good question. I believe that there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.” 

Yes, yes, you can put away the rubber hoses, I confess – I’m a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. In fact, it’s a matter of public record that I’m the Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus PAC. (“The horror! The horror!” as that other famous colonel, Colonel Kurtz, would say.) Hence Allen West has concluded that I’m a commie. 

So, basically, if you support justice, equality and peace – if you’re in favor of progress, for goodness sake – then West thinks that you’re a Communist. 

The Tea Party group “Restore American Liberty” says that “Allen West is the strong conservative leader needed to take on the Democrat in the general election and help the Republican Presidential nominee win Florida’s electoral votes.” 

Don’t let that happen! Contribute $20.16, $50 or $100 to our Stop Allen West campaign today. 

In 2012, Allen West left Congress, and I returned to Congress. It was a massive Allen/Alan upgrade. Let’s keep it that way. 

Courage, 

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

“I ain’t missing you at all,
Since you’ve been gone.
I ain’t missing you.”


- John Waite, “I Ain’t Missing You” (1984). 

Allen West Was in My Inbox Yesterday
21 July 2015 - 8:51pm

So there I was yesterday, minding my own business, not looking for trouble, and what pops up in my inbox but a note with the following headline: 

“With Your Help, Allen West Will Bring Bold Conservative Leadership To The U.S. Senate!” 

Blood pressure immediately rises 25 points. Keep calm, I tell myself. Allen West was supposed to move to Dallas a couple of months ago. Maybe he’s running in a Texas Senate race next year. 

But no, as the French would say. I read on: 

“It Is Vital That Allen West Wins The Florida U.S. Senate Race!” 

Good Lord! That’s my race! 

We need to stop Allen West from entering the Senate. Please, please, contribute whatever you can to our Stop Allen West fund. 

Let me tell you about Allen West. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003. In Taji, he arrested an Iraqi police officer, and ordered four of his soldiers to beat the police officer in the head and body. West then pulled out his gun, held it right next to the police officer’s ear, and discharged the weapon. 

West was prosecuted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for assaulting the police officer. He actually faced over a decade in prison, but he was offered a deal in which he would pay a $5000 fine and avoid prison time on condition that he leave the military. He took the deal. 

So Allen West tortured an innocent Iraqi police officer. Is that what we want to see in the U.S. Senate? NoNoNo! Help make sure that that never happens, by donating to our Stop Allen West fund. 

West served one term in Congress, swept in by the Tea Party wave in 2010. It was not pretty. When it was his turn to serve dinner to the Congressional Black Caucus, he served only chicken wings, from Chick-fil-A. (Maybe only right wings; I don’t really know for sure.) 

A couple of African-American Members told me that West did this weird thing – he would pretend that you didn’t exist. (Ralph Ellison, take note.) If you were in an elevator with him, and you said hello, he would just totally ignore you. And sure enough, when our paths crossed a couple of years ago on Capitol Hill, he pretended that I didn’t exist. He totally ignored me. 

The Tea Party group “Restore American Liberty” says that “Allen West is the strong conservative leader needed to take on the Democrat in the general election and help the Republican Presidential nominee win Florida’s electoral votes.” Don’t let that happen! Contribute $20.16, $50 or $100 to our campaign today. 

Don’t let the Tea Party make a comeback. Let’s nip this in the bud. Please help us today. 

Courage, 

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

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