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Jose Garcia

(2,704 posts)
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 04:36 PM Aug 2021

Alan Grayson enters race for Florida's U.S. Senate seat

Source: Florida Politics

Brash, progressive former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson is running for the U.S. Senate.

The three-term Democratic former congressman from Central Florida has been exploring the possibility of a U.S. Senate run since March, and on Friday began running social media ads attacking Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and touting his own commitment to universal health care.

“I think we were pretty much there,” Grayson told Florida Politics Friday. “Now we’re going to try to take it up a notch.”

Grayson is a Democrat known for taking it up a notch. Or two.

Read more: https://floridapolitics.com/archives/450131-alan-grayson-enters-u-s-senate-race/

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Alan Grayson enters race for Florida's U.S. Senate seat (Original Post) Jose Garcia Aug 2021 OP
That's the problem bucolic_frolic Aug 2021 #1
Sad but true. peppertree Aug 2021 #8
Yes! No matter it's Jimmy, Bill, Barack or Joe... Missn-Hitch Aug 2021 #35
You mean like they did in Citizen Kane? Lord Ludd Aug 2021 #38
Lets not get negative, I bet he learned his lesson, and so his campaign people, but he has excellent Escurumbele Aug 2021 #17
There has to be more. Everyone from President Obama on down Hortensis Aug 2021 #20
Don't go away angry genxlib Aug 2021 #2
Val Demings to Alan Grayson: Hold my Beer. I've got this. aeromanKC Aug 2021 #3
You're DONE, dude catrose Aug 2021 #4
Why? I would rather have Greyson any time, and not Rubio. Escurumbele Aug 2021 #18
Val Demings is already running, which he knows quite well. Lonestarblue Aug 2021 #22
I would rather have Val Demings mcar Aug 2021 #32
Please get the fuck out of the way Alan. Lochloosa Aug 2021 #5
I like your attitude! oldsoftie Aug 2021 #26
I like Val Demings over Grayson LetMyPeopleVote Aug 2021 #6
Demings Skittles Aug 2021 #13
+1 SunSeeker Aug 2021 #25
One good thing about Grayson csziggy Aug 2021 #7
Say what you will about Alan Grayson but, Mr. Evil Aug 2021 #9
Agree with everything you wrote 100%. Escurumbele Aug 2021 #19
Val Demings will do that mcar Aug 2021 #33
Does not play well with others. Sneederbunk Aug 2021 #10
Runs with scissors. NurseJackie Aug 2021 #28
Eats paste. NurseJackie Aug 2021 #29
Gah! NurseJackie Aug 2021 #11
I'm with Demings. ancianita Aug 2021 #12
I doubt he has any chance. honest.abe Aug 2021 #14
No , the Republicans will back this guy to hurt Demmings. rwheeler31 Aug 2021 #15
He's been running for months... years really FBaggins Aug 2021 #16
Alan snowybirdie Aug 2021 #21
Why not wait and run against Scott Deuxcents Aug 2021 #23
No JI7 Aug 2021 #24
He has zero chance in the primary madville Aug 2021 #27
He can't be - he hasn't sent me a request for money yet Retrograde Aug 2021 #30
Oh, just go away Grayson! mcar Aug 2021 #31
I had a private meeting with him the last time he ran for office... brooklynite Aug 2021 #34
Val Demings has a much better shot at the seat peggysue2 Aug 2021 #36
Alan Grayson never spoke for me, a life-long Dem. summer_in_TX Aug 2021 #37
I'm not a Florida voter, so take this with a grain of salt... SKKY Aug 2021 #39
There's zero chance he can beat Rubio Polybius Aug 2021 #40

bucolic_frolic

(44,630 posts)
1. That's the problem
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 04:38 PM
Aug 2021

Brash. He turns off a lot of people. He'll never learn to pull his punches. Whether the electorate will be more receptive this time around remains to be seen.

peppertree

(22,230 posts)
8. Sad but true.
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 04:47 PM
Aug 2021

I've always liked him - his faults notwithstanding.

But Repugs have that yooge advantage over Democrats: they can nominate fire-breathers, and it works for them (sometimes).

We, on the other hand, always have to take the high road - even against vicious opponents.

It just doesn't seem to work well for Dems otherwise.

Missn-Hitch

(1,383 posts)
35. Yes! No matter it's Jimmy, Bill, Barack or Joe...
Sat Aug 14, 2021, 11:59 AM
Aug 2021

they are ALL communist/socialist/fascist/atheist. I always love when they combine fascist with communist. It's cute.

Escurumbele

(3,488 posts)
17. Lets not get negative, I bet he learned his lesson, and so his campaign people, but he has excellent
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 05:30 PM
Aug 2021

qualities and one of them is to tell it like it is. We complain about him being brash, but what republican is not brash, insulting and stupid? Why is it not acceptable from a Democrat but it is from a republican?

I think that things have changed and he will do fine, and hopefully kick Little Marco out of politics.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
20. There has to be more. Everyone from President Obama on down
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 05:33 PM
Aug 2021

who knew him from inside weighed in against him. What on earth got a Democratic president to let his position be known in the nasty business of the party working to keep him from becoming our senate candidate in 2016? There were discussions of scandals in the papers, financial and domestic abuse, but what don't WE know?

He's no farther left on positions than many the party helped elect and support in office, so that's not it. We'd take another I-Sanders any day and be glad over the Republican who beat our Democratic candidate in 2016, scumbag incumbent Marco Rubio, of course. And the opponent he lost to in 2018, Darren Soto, ran as a much younger male Ocasio-Cortez with basically the same positions and is in office now.

genxlib

(5,572 posts)
2. Don't go away angry
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 04:40 PM
Aug 2021

Just go away

A firebrand can work in some very specific congressional districts but will never work in a statewide election (in Florida).

Escurumbele

(3,488 posts)
18. Why? I would rather have Greyson any time, and not Rubio.
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 05:31 PM
Aug 2021

What is this negativity with Greyson? I don't get it...OK, lets eat our own. ketchup on the side?

Lonestarblue

(10,729 posts)
22. Val Demings is already running, which he knows quite well.
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 05:39 PM
Aug 2021

I think she’s pretty strong, but I guess a primary will decide who voters prefer.

LetMyPeopleVote

(148,998 posts)
6. I like Val Demings over Grayson
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 04:45 PM
Aug 2021

Last edited Fri Aug 13, 2021, 05:35 PM - Edit history (1)

Grayson has had issues and I think Demmings is a stronger candidate

csziggy

(34,158 posts)
7. One good thing about Grayson
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 04:45 PM
Aug 2021

He's better than Marco Rubio.

Of course, that's not saying much - my completely self centered cats are better than Marco Rubio.

Mr. Evil

(2,915 posts)
9. Say what you will about Alan Grayson but,
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 04:48 PM
Aug 2021

He will tell the truth and doesn't have any fear of any republican. He will call out their hypocrisy nor will he cower to them and their lies. He may not be everyone's favorite type of Democrat or cup of tea but, he will be a vast improvement over any republican in Florida.

It's beyond time for Floridians to elect someone that has their well-being and society at heart. Maybe taking it up a notch or two is a good thing.

Escurumbele

(3,488 posts)
19. Agree with everything you wrote 100%.
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 05:33 PM
Aug 2021

I think it is time to bump it up a notch and Greyson can definitely do that.

mcar

(42,913 posts)
33. Val Demings will do that
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 09:50 PM
Aug 2021
It's beyond time for Floridians to elect someone that has their well-being and society at heart.


Or do you have a problem with her candidacy?

NurseJackie

(42,862 posts)
29. Eats paste.
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 06:47 PM
Aug 2021

I just about DIED when my son's teacher told me that! I don't care that it's non-toxic. I think the school-paste makers should give it a scent that's less appealing (or something that's bitter).

(40+ years on, and this still stays with me)

ancianita

(37,079 posts)
12. I'm with Demings.
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 04:58 PM
Aug 2021

Along the lines of 'offering a real choice,' I see this primary as a GOTV statewide for Florida's women. They need the "standing up for what is right" candidate.

FBaggins

(27,264 posts)
16. He's been running for months... years really
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 05:28 PM
Aug 2021

He filed back in March, but he's perpetually filed for some federal office so that he can fundraise.

I doubt that he'll make much of it.

Retrograde

(10,318 posts)
30. He can't be - he hasn't sent me a request for money yet
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 09:39 PM
Aug 2021

I have no idea how he got my email, but whenever he runs I can count on at least one plea for money a week

mcar

(42,913 posts)
31. Oh, just go away Grayson!
Fri Aug 13, 2021, 09:48 PM
Aug 2021

Is anyone going to support this guy over Demings? Really?

We need to get Lil Marco out of office. Demings is our best bet. Grayson is a grifter.

 

brooklynite

(96,641 posts)
34. I had a private meeting with him the last time he ran for office...
Sat Aug 14, 2021, 11:23 AM
Aug 2021

He thinks he’s brilliant.

He wants you to think he’s brilliant.

As far as I. An recall, he never did anything constructive in the House, he just made speeches that progressives liked. There’s more to the job.

peggysue2

(11,054 posts)
36. Val Demings has a much better shot at the seat
Sat Aug 14, 2021, 12:50 PM
Aug 2021

She's simply a better, stronger candidate.

I predict she'll wipe the floor with Grayson come the primary.

summer_in_TX

(2,861 posts)
37. Alan Grayson never spoke for me, a life-long Dem.
Sat Aug 14, 2021, 12:59 PM
Aug 2021

Too much scorched earth.

He’s undoubtedly got high negatives, numbers he has earned.

SKKY

(11,971 posts)
39. I'm not a Florida voter, so take this with a grain of salt...
Sun Aug 15, 2021, 10:21 AM
Aug 2021

...I don't think someone like Grayson, as much as I like him, could win state-wide. He's a very "local" candidate. Now, having said that, I would like to see him debate Rubio. Grayson is an excellent debater, and Rubio, well, not so much.

Polybius

(16,308 posts)
40. There's zero chance he can beat Rubio
Sun Aug 15, 2021, 01:08 PM
Aug 2021

No way can he be elected to statewide office in Florida unless he runs against an extremist. He's a firebrand that's too far to the left to win against Little Marco.

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