Hold your breath. Make a wish. Count to three.
As he faces the pressures of a potential Senate bid in the nation’s biggest swing state, Florida Rep. Alan Grayson has hurled angry expletives at reporters and described his likely rival in crude terms during a tense conversation with the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
For all of his outbursts, Grayson has been inventive with his slurs. On Wednesday, he bizarrely accused one reporter of being a “shiting robot” – a phrase that’s sure to become part of his legacy of incendiary remarks, which include branding a lobbyist a “K Street whore,” likening the tea party to the Ku Klux Klan and accusing a Christian conservative opponent of being a member of the Taliban.
Beast Mode! Rep. Alan Grayson did indeed say those things. But come on, those things are in past right? Come on Politico, can you find it in your liberal hearts to cut this poor man some slack?
By the way, I am adding all the curse words back in. I want you to get the full, unedited Grayson. Come with me on this magical journey.
“What’s the deal here? You publish whatever colorful lies people toss your way, for their own obvious political purposes?” Grayson asked (DSCC Chairman Senator Jon Tester) via text message.
I won’t dispute that. The DSCC is just built on lies and suffering.
The most recent case occurred Wednesday when Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam C. Smith phoned Grayson to ask the Orlando Democrat about having incorporated a couple of Cayman Islands hedge funds where potential investors could avoid taxes. At the same time, Grayson has built up his public persona as a populist Wall Street-bashing firebrand who criticizes conservative tax-avoiders.
Ok, calling Grayson poor earlier was an oversight. Sometimes I can be wrong. It is rare, but it has been known to happen.
Rep. Alan Grayson is rich beyond the dreams of avarice, but we shouldn’t hold that against him. Right? Right?!
“When I set up my investment funds I set it up like everyone else,” Grayson told Smith, saying he established the funds on the advice of an unnamed attorney. The paper, he said to Smith, was trying to find “some stupid, bullshit story. … You want to write shit about it, and you can’t because not a single dollar of taxes has been avoided.”
Since no funds had yet been invested, Smith asked about the propriety of establishing the funds in anticipation of getting foreign investors.
“Are you fucking kidding? I set up a fund that might solicit foreign investors. … I have no present intention of soliciting foreign investors,” Grayson said, according to the report. “Your perception issue is bullshit.”
See? Perfectly reasonable and logical explanation. No one needs to fly off the handle.
Grayson then began complaining about a POLITICO story last week that reported his girlfriend, biotech entrepreneur Dena Minning, had reached out to at least one Democratic-leaning group to put herself forward as a potential congressional candidate to run for Grayson’s Orlando-area House seat if he runs for the Senate. Neither Grayson nor Minning would comment to POLITICO, but he brought up the story to Smith when he trashed the new line of questioning about his finances.
“This is even worse than Grayson’s girlfriend might run for Congress 18 months from now,” Grayson said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “This is a whole ‘nother level of bullshit. … Are are you some kind of shiting robot? You go around shiting on … people?”
Leave Dena Minning Alone! *cries*
Smith wasn’t the only reporter to bear the brunt of Grayson’s rage recently. After a POLITICO story ran last week, Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers finally reached the congressman on his cellphone. Grayson refused to comment but instead swore at Powers using the f-word.
Powers wouldn’t comment on the conversation but confirmed he was unable to get anything printable from Grayson.
To be perfectly honest, Scott Powers likely deserved it. Powers is a fucking asshole and everyone knows it!
This is where I leave you on this magically epic tour-de-force that will be Democrats next nominee. I am so very sorry. However Rep. Alan Grayson is not going anywhere and we will catch up to him shortly, I assure you.
Well, see ya’ later!