Congressman Alan Grayson has just recieved and unwelcomed greeting from his very own extreme liberal wing of the Democrat Party, a primary challenger.Nick Ruiz, who is philosophy and humanities professor the the University of Florida, is by all appearances trying to out-crazy and out-liberal Alan Grayson with his positions on major issues, has just announced that he will challenge the self-proclaimed “Congressman With Guts” in the 2014 Democrat primary election next August.
You may find it hard to believe that anyone could stand further to the left than Grayson, but amigo Ruiz is making a pretty good case for himself.
This is like pouring salt in an open wound, as it was learned that Grayson’s wife has filed for divorce on January 6, not to mention all of the negative press he has been receiving over some controversial statements and political moves he has made.
Before Ruiz jumped into the race, Grayson was already possibly facing a tough challenge from Republican Navy veteran Jorge Bonilla, who recently ripped into Grayson for agreeing to listen to an individual from Yemen, that was denied a visa from the State Department, because of his is suspected of having ties to Al Qaeda.Bonilla faces Carol Platt, an Osceola realtor, whose family has deep ties in the community, and has recently received a tepid endorsement from Jeb Bush.
Here are Ruiz’s positions on some issues:
Labor and Workers’ Rights
We must double the minimum wage and enhance workers’ rights, and work toward the creation of programs that involve public and private capital, to increase the livelihood of workers and the sustainability of business. We must commit to ensuring that corporate social obligations and responsibilities are met.I oppose any effort to repeal collective bargaining.
Creating sustainable, fair wage jobs is my number one priority.
Public Health/Health Care
We must work toward making quality health care available and affordable for every citizen, regardless of income. Public health is among our top priorities. The Affordable Care Act is one baby step in that general direction, but there’s so much more we can and must do to ensure adequate, affordable coverage for all of America.
Social Justice/Civil Rights/ Marriage EqualityI am pro-choice/pro-marriage equality.
Wall Street must return its fiscal and monetary favors to Main Street. I advocate the creation of a federal Public Trust, where 10% of all tradable financial instruments are held and traded in the name of the people. The profits of the Public Trust are to be invested in Main Street.
We cannot be a country that separates basic rights from human beings, from one person to the next, based on ‘legal status.’ I support a a fair and reasonable path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrant adults and children in the United States.Had enough? Well, think about the fun this Democrat primary race will be, as these two men try to make the case, as to who is the most “progressive.”