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Florida’s Grayson likens tea party to KKK in new fundraising push

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By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog

TALLAHASSEE – Rep. Alan Grayson just can’t help himself.

The Democratic Florida congressman boasts  a sordid history of reprehensible political attacks against his opponents, but his latest may just take the cake.

In a recent fundraising email, Grayson compares the tea party to the Klu Klux Klan. As if that weren’t enough, the wealthy lawyer turned Central Florida lawmaker included a picture of a burning cross – an image conjuring the worst racial intonations imaginable.

KLAN COMMENTS: Rep. Alan Grayson has a knack for incendiary comments. But this time he may have gone too far.

KLAN COMMENTS: Rep. Alan Grayson has a knack for incendiary comments. But this time he may have gone too far.

The email included a transcript of a conversation Grayson had with the Rev. Al Sharpton.

“Does the President have the Tea Party on the Ropes?” Sharpton asked.

“I think so. I think ordinary Americans are appalled at the Tea Party’s tactics,” Grayson said in reference to the government shutdown.

“At this point, the Tea Party is no more popular than the Klan.”

In 2010, Grayson called his opponent U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., a “draft-dodger” even though Webster was medically unfit for duty.

Not to be outdone, the progressive congressman ran an ad calling Webster “Taliban Dan,” and warned the electorate that “religious fanatics try to take away our freedom in Afghanistan, in Iran and right here in Central Florida.”

Grayson is also known for referring to Federal Reserve lobbyist Linda Robertson as a “whore.” On a 2009 radio program, Grayson said, “And here I am the only member of Congress who actually worked as an economist.”

“This lobbyist, this K-Street whore, is trying to teach me about economics,” he said.

Orlando Tea Party organizer Cheryl Machett told Florida Watchdog that she isn’t surprised.

“He’s always been like this. It’s normal, even expected,” she said.

“My reaction is the same as when President Obama called us extortionists, or when people call us terrorists or waging jihad,” Machett said. “All I can say is I’m not surprised. The best thing to do is to ignore it.”


Former Florida Congressman Allen West, a black Republican and self-identifying tea party member, told U.S. News and World Report that Grayson’s fundraising appeal was “beyond disgusting, especially considering what my parents endured.”

“I grew up in Atlanta, Ga., and remember the Klan burning crosses atop Stone Mountain. The constitutional conservative grassroots movement known as ‘The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party’ focuses on fiscal spending and government growth issues as well as individual liberty and free market principles. Mr. Grayson should probably crack open a history book, in between his histrionics, and learn that it was the Democrat Party that created the Ku Klux Klan to intimidate black voters. Voters such as those who elected the first black Republican member of the House of Representatives from Florida, Josiah T. Walls. Same party, same tactics, some things just never change.”


There will be no apology.

In a statement released Tuesday, Grayson said, “Regarding the image that the campaign circulated, the Tea Party has engaged in relentless racist attacks against our African-American President.”

“Tea Party members also have persisted in falsely characterizing the President as Kenyan and Moslem, despite all evidence, in order to disparage him,” Grayson said.

After listing several disturbing examples of alleged tea party racism, Grasyon said in the release, “One could go on and on, because there is overwhelming evidence the Tea Party is the home of bigotry and discrimination in America today, just as the KKK was for an earlier generation.”

Contact William Patrick at [email protected]


William Patrick is Watchdog.org’s Florida reporter. His work has been featured by Fox News, the Drudge Report, and Townhall.com, as well as other national news and opinion websites. He’s also been cited and reposted by numerous state news organizations, including Florida Trend, Sunshine State News and the Miami Herald, and is a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors and the Florida Press Association. William’s work has impacted discussions on education, privacy, criminal justice reform, and government and corporate accountability. Prior to joining Watchdog, William worked for the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee, Fla. There, he launched a legislative news website covering state economic issues. After leaving New York City in 2010, William worked for the Florida Attorney General’s Office where he assisted state attorneys general in prosecuting Medicaid Fraud. William graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College, City University of New York. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife and three young children.

  • GoBama

    Grayson is right!

    And saying that he called Robertson a whore is disingenuous and yellow journalism. He didn’t imply she’s sells her body for sex, he implied she would disregard her morals and ethics for money.

    Your article proves you have less integrity than you allege Grayson to have.

    And when Republicans say things that make Graysons comments look like children’s epithets, you gloss right over it.

    One example? The lies about Kerry in the swiftboat.

  • JimBob

    TEA PARTY = Responsible government. That’s it, nothing more. Grayson and his ilk are too cowardly to say that they hate the notion of responsible governance – so they hide it by saying they hate the TEA Party. Same thing.

  • [email protected]

    Grayson need to study up on his history. The KKK was started by Democrats and still is Democrat.

  • Grazzly

    Keep telling yourself that.

  • Grazzly

    Funny how you guys didn’t care about responsible govt until the black guy came around…

  • danny

    Mr Grayson. Just to inform you that you must be the stupidest cock sucker 8n the democrat party you an al sharpton . Stupid. An raced at that. The ppl has a place for you 2. An you 2 will find out soon

  • Lynn

    He and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, along w/ Sheila Jackson Lee, should all be thrown out.

  • Liz

    Things like this are expected when you have an Administration like this one. The Democrats in recent history have never had self respect or class, look at them. They’ve forgotten how to tell the truth, immoral activities they appear to be proud of, look at Bill Clinton, Anthony Weinner, aide the enemy(supporting the rebels, Al Quida) in Syria, treating the LEGAL Americans as if they are illegal. Stomping on the Constitution, spying on us and other things we should be screaming about but if you say one word about this Administration and it’s policies you are called a Racist and now a part of the KKK. Looks to me like the Democrats are the Racists and have awakened the KKK in their own party. I don’t know of any Social Conservatives in the KKK but the late Sen. Byrd, a Democrat was.

  • Liz

    Do some research, the KKK was started by the Democrats. This is a fact, it is also a fact that Democrats make a habit of name calling and this indicates they plan on continuing to do so. They don’t seem to know any other way to fight when they cannot come up with anything else.

  • Liz

    Here we go again with the RACIST rhetoric, a true Democrat!

  • uselogic19

    Well, of course…. the OFA troll maggot wouldn’t have any facts.

  • uselogic19

    Um, no. Get yourself out of mommy’s basement, parasite.

  • Hadit

    Listen to all of you idiots(aka) republicans whining about Grayson comparing teabaggers to the kkk. You want to make asinine comment about our president and hitler. But that’s ok in your bubble. You people are a disgrace to this country. You deserve the title The Stupid Party. What a bunch of pathetic liars!

  • lillymckim

    Who talks like this? MSNBC/NBC the station of race hate does and Alan Grayson.
    Grayson has issues and everyone is aware of it.
    Even if they are not publicly stating what they think about him its still be ing said and yes I’m talking about the Democrats too. Even they know he’s got “issues”
    Where’s the civility Democrats are always bosting about?
    I’m so embarrassed he is from Florida and the people in my state elected him (I think they elected him? who knows for sure we had a lot of voters fraud here)?

  • nvrat

    Hey Hadit. Have you been paying attention to the Liberal Obama Parrots squawking all over the TV and other forms of media? if not you should get you head out of the sand and stop taking it from behind you Low Information idiot.

  • nvrat

    Sorry Grayson…but, the KKK is you party`s baby and has been since 1865. Trouble is you and your people have been the servants to the Democrats for so long you have lost ability to realize their intent, goals and aspirations. You served them in the 1800`