Alan Grayson Returns To Congress
The House of Representatives became a slightly more palatable place after the 2010 elections thanks to the defeat of Alan Grayson, the Florida Democrat best known for bombastic floor speeches where he would accuse Republicans of wanting everyone to die. Unfortunately, he’s returning in January:
Former Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat, won his House race in Florida on Tuesday night over his Republican challenger Todd Long. Grayson was first elected in 2008, but lost in the Tea Party wave of 2010.
He noted Tuesday night to HuffPost that his turnaround is the biggest on record in the history of House. No other candidate had lost by 18 points in one year, only to turn around and win the next cycle by 25 — a 43-point swing.
Grayson was aided by the fact that he was running in a heavily Democratic district and I suppose he deserves some credit for the comeback. However, I find his kind of rhetoric as unhelpful to our politics as what we hear from people on the right from people like Michele Bachmann and Louis Gohmert. It’s too bad the people of his District couldn’t find someone more civil to represent them.