Controversial Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) wrapped up the festivities at the liberal America’s Future Now! conference with a sharply funny speech, after which I had the chance to interview him about his gutsy persona, the media’s coverage of the BP Oil Spill, the Democrat’s prospects in November, and his run-in with Fox News’ Griff Jenkins.
Grayson is probably the first person I’ve encountered who agrees with me about the Democrats’ prospects in the midterms, contingent on the party being able to effectively push that narrative.
I still disagree with the notion that journalists should wait for permission to speak to public officials, but a conference staffer pointed out, correctly, that Grayson wasn’t just being interviewed by Griff Jenkins, but by the editors of an opinion program. That’s a sensible reason to deny the interview.
Alan Grayson’s style might not be for everyone, but in an arena where money talks, it seems to be working well for him. On the heels of his now-famous “Die quickly” remarks, he became a fundraising superstar, and hasn’t quit. Since his Republican opposition this year includes racial profiling advocate Dan Fanelli, Grayson’s District 8 race should be an interesting, if not close, one to watch.
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