Democratic Florida Congressman and Senate candidate Alan Grayson is known for his fiery and controversial style, so his keynote at the kickoff of the 2016 Netroots Nation Conference was relatively subdued by comparison. However, Grayson did manage to get in a few choice licks at Republicans, first mocking his fellow members of the House Committee on Science and Technology, whom he accused of denying climate science:
One of them said to me, recently, that global warming is a lie from the deepest pit of Hell. I have no personal experience with Hell, so I can’t say yea or nay on that one, but that’s where we are right now.
Although Grayson didn’t name names, that quote sounds a lot like one that former Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) made about evolution and “embryology” in 2012, but Broun has been out of Congress since January of 2015.
Grayson also set his sights on Republican Senator and Florida rival Marco Rubio. While boasting that he was named by Slate as the “Most Effective Member of the House” in 2013, Grayson mocked Rubio for a legislative achievement that Grayson didn’t consider all that consequential:
My opponent Marco Rubio, his only legislative accomplishment in the past five years is that he passed a resolution renaming September “Spinal Cord Injury Month.” Nevertheless, I’m going to continue to call it “September.”
Technically, Grayson is incorrect. In the past five years, Rubio has passed six resolutions designating September as “National Spinal Cord Awareness Month.”
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton skipped last year’s conference, but is scheduled to appear via video conference Saturday morning.
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