Democratic Florida Congressman Alan Grayson told The Tampa Bay Times Thursday that Vice President Joe Biden endorsed his primary opponent because he thought he was someone else entirely.
Grayson is running in the Florida senate primary race against fellow Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy. In March, the president and vice president endorsed Murphy, who (until recently) was considered by establishment figures to have the best shot at winning the seat.
But Grayson was undeterred by the endorsement, telling The Times that he believes Biden only made the endorsement because he was fed false information. Specifically, Grayson alleges that he was tricked into thinking Murphy was a former Pennsylvania Congressman also named Patrick Murphy.
Grayson says Biden told him over the phone that he was endorsing Murphy “because of some statistics that he read to me over the phone and because Patrick had been so good on the issue of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” But the Florida Murphy had never been a leader on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which was repealed before he entered politics. That was the signature policy of the Pennsylvania Murphy, who now serves in the Obama administration as Under Secretary of the Army.
The Murphy campaign hit back at Grayson’s allegation: “Clearly his master plan to win the Democratic primary is to insult the intelligence of our party’s leaders,” a campaign manager told The Times.
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