By JAVIER MANJARRESFlorida Congressman Alan Grayson (D) is breaking out of his newly found passive political shell, and is once again doing what he does best, drive home a message filled with inflammatory and derogatory remarks.
During his most recent House floor rant about the current government shutdown, Grayson was warned by House Republican leadership to watch his words, and to stay on his message. Do you think Grayson did as he was told?
“What do you have a higher opinion of, Congress or witches? Congress, 32 percent; witches, 46 percent,” he said. “What do you have a higher opinion of, Congress or hemorrhoids? Congress, 31 percent; hemorrhoids, 53 percent. What do you have a higher opinion of, Congress or dog poop? Congress 40 percent; dog poop 47 percent.”
Even after being warned for referring to Republicans to “dog poop,” Grayson continued the name-calling, comparing the Republican-led Congress to “toenail fungus, cockroaches and zombies.”
And then made this remark, which is nothing less than blatant hypocrisy . “Surely our dignity has been diminished and is actively being called into question,” Grayson said. “If we are to be called obstructionists, practicers of partisan petulance, if we are to be called an establishment that is rotten to the core, if we are leaving Americans wondering why there is so much poison in the system then surely our dignity has been diminished.
If we’re being accused of willingly provoking crises that suspend public services and decrease economic growth then surely our dignity as a body has been diminished.”
Grayson attacks the GOP by saying that their “obstructionist” and “partisan petulance” actions have compromised the dignity of the House of Representatives.
But who are the real obstructionists in the U.S. Congress?
Several Republican members of Congress pointed out to the Shark Tank, that liberal Democrats, including Grayson, have admitting to conjuring up a plan to obstruct the Republican leadership in Congress.Grayson name the plan “Operation Bust Their Chops,” during a Democratic closed-door strategy meeting in Pikesville, Maryland.
Privately, the liberal Democrats behind an aggressive new legislative strategy targeting House Republicans are calling it “Operation Bust Their Chops.”
That was the actual title that Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., used when he announced the plan during an appearance late last month at the closed-door strategy summit in Pikesville, Md., according to attendees.
Democrats are developing what they call an “amendment bank,” ready-to-go Democratic attachments for House GOP bills on any number of topics—education, transportation, veterans’ affairs, or whatever—that they believe could force some Republicans into potentially embarrassing political boxes.
The plan will be difficult to implement, given Republican control over the House Rules Committee and the procedures for handling legislation on the floor, but the band of Democrats seems determined to try.“The idea is to find new ways to start forcing Republicans to take bad votes more frequently—politically uncomfortable votes,” said one House Democratic aide.
Publicly, the plan is still only grudgingly acknowledged, though Grayson confirmed its existence. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., cochair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is also actively involved. The hushed murmurs about it convey that many details have yet to be finalized, and that there is a reluctance to spill information on the actual intent and scope of the program.
“It’s moving along,” Grayson said on Thursday.
Grayson is running for re-election in 2014, and is expected to face tough opposition from his Republican counterparts, Realtor Carol Platt of Osceola, Navy veteran Jorge Bonilla of Orlando, and Peter Vivaldi, whose campaign is struggling to stay afloat after it was discovered that he fraudulently filled out and submitted an application for an open Orange County Commission seat in 2010.
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