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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 05:50 PM
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Alan Grayson To Run For Office Again
Source: WFTV

Alan Grayson To Run For Office Again


Posted: 4:28 pm EDT July 11, 2011Updated: 6:31 pm EDT July 11, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. -- WFTV learned on Monday that former U.S. Congressman Alan Grayson is running for office again.

On Monday, Grayson said he doesn't plan to do anything different. He said he's running again because of all the people who have reached out and asked him to. Grayson already raised nearly $100,000 in donations before filing his paperwork on Monday.

"We need somebody who's gonna stick up for what's right. Somebody with guts," Grayson said.

During Grayson's last campaign an ad referred to his opponent, Daniel Webster, as Taliban Dan. Grayson lost his District 8 Congressional seat to Webster after a highly controversial campaign. And Grayson's take on the Republican health care plan caught national attention.



Read more: http://www.wftv.com/news/28513192/detail.html
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 05:51 PM
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1. Run like the wind, Alan!
Boy, we sure need you!

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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 05:54 PM
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2. Oh boy...
:+ ... :popcorn:
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bahrbearian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 05:56 PM
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3. Primary Obama please.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 05:57 PM
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5. Yeah, right.
Get real, please.
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Dept of Beer Donating Member (957 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:03 PM
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41. It could be very real.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 01:49 AM
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63. Where has he ever given any indication that he wants to primary Obama?
Edited on Tue Jul-12-11 01:49 AM by pnwmom
He's running for Congress again. Good.
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xiamiam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 11:59 PM
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60. anti war candidate like grayson could pull it off..he gets it unlike our current pres..nt
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neoralme Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 10:03 PM
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56. Agreed. It would be nice to have at least one Democrat running
for president.
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Taft_Bathtub Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 04:25 PM
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87. I agree, please please please
Just use 2008 Obama's words against 2012 Obama.
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 05:56 PM
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4. go, Alan, go!
:yourock:
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 05:58 PM
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6. Look for the attacks from the right to begin very soon
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TrollBuster9090 Donating Member (569 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:09 PM
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29. I can't imagine what they could possibly attack him on that they haven't used already.
Is that "Talliban Dan, 'submit to me'" commercial still around?
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Pool Hall Ace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 11:11 AM
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74. Did the attacks from the right ever stop?
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Snarkoleptic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:02 PM
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7. Makes me want to move to O-Town!
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:05 PM
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8. Well that's good news.
Edited on Mon Jul-11-11 06:06 PM by Uncle Joe
Thanks for the thread, kpete. :thumbsup:
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bloomington-lib Donating Member (513 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:07 PM
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9. 2012 is not going to be good for my news addiction
:applause:
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CanonRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:08 PM
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10. I'm in!
We need a thousand more like him.
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TDale313 Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:17 PM
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11. woo.
Also, hoo. :D Very, very glad hear it. We need him is right.
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Kaleko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 07:59 PM
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24. No only woo...
but also hoo? Well, in that case I gotta say Welcome to DU, and may your stay be long and fruitful.

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TDale313 Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:41 PM
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37. TY
Been a lurker forever. Set up an account, but never really posted. Today I felt the need to reset the account (cause I'd forgotten the password) and speak up. Can't imagine why ;)
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byronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:33 PM
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12. Yes! Excellent!!
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FlyByNight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:37 PM
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13. Good!
Good luck to you, Mr. Grayson.

:thumbsup:
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:38 PM
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14. Run for the Senate seat nt
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TrollBuster9090 Donating Member (569 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:15 PM
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32. I dunno, that would mean either knocking out Bill Nelson (D), who's up in 2012 or
Waiting all the way until 2016 to challenge Rubio. I think he'd stand a better chance of getting his House seat back.
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 01:31 AM
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62. I don't disagree
I'm not a big fan of Bill Nelson -- he's a hell-of-a-lot better than Ben Nelson

Nill has a better chance of holding his seat than Grayson does of taking it.
I just think the 21 election cycle in states like FL, Ohio, WI and MI will be poor ones for the Republicans.

You are correct to be concerned about going after Nelson. It's a lot harder to steal a seat from an incumbant because they have so much on the ground than it is to steal from the non-incumbant
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:44 PM
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15. LOOK!
A BRIGHT SPOT on the horizon!!!
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WhoIsNumberNone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:44 PM
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16. Hot damn! Tell him to run for President!
n/t
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Devil_Fish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:51 PM
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17. Please run for Pres. in the 2012 election. You have my vote weather you run or not.
Edited on Mon Jul-11-11 06:52 PM by Devil_Fish
I will write you in. I know you read DU. please pick DK as your running mate.

YOU HAVE MY VOTE.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 07:08 PM
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18. Go Getum Tiger!
honto!
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 07:14 PM
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19. Kick and Recommend! (nt)
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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 07:30 PM
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20. For President?
i fucking wish - and what we need.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 07:36 PM
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21. Thanks for the news. Which do you think is better, this old seat or trying for Governor?
It might lead to more rebellion to Tea Party Rule in other states, because these guys are not only causing destruction in Congress.
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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 07:39 PM
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22. Count me in Alan. Welcome back!
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roberto IS beto Donating Member (55 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 07:39 PM
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23. best since Huey Long
I would support Grayson for President, Senator, Congressman, Governor, Dogcatcher, you name it. He is the best politician for the people since the Kingfish (who, by the way, Grayson likes to quote).
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:55 PM
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40. The Kingfish said it best
"Money is like manure; when you spread it around it makes things grow. When it piles up in one place it starts to stink."
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KaryninMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:01 PM
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25. Oh YAY-- this news made my day. Yay again.
DU- let's all try to do what we can to get him back into office. Ok? I for one, have really missed his voice- we need him back in Congress.
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julian09 Donating Member (418 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:20 PM
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34. Good news for his state and country
missed his passion and courage to stand up to opposition.
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TrollBuster9090 Donating Member (569 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:07 PM
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26. Better idea: Run for GOVERNOR of FLORIDA!
I'm sure the folks in Florida would like to be governed by a millionaire businessman who earned his millions by methods OTHER than criminal defrauding of the taxpayers.
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harvey007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:07 PM
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27. That's good news
We need a fighter in there to defend Social Security and Medicare.
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FLAprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:09 PM
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28. Too bad he isn't running for president.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:22 PM
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35. Deleted message
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bluedigger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:09 PM
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30. Good news! K&R!
:)
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harun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:13 PM
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31. I support you Alan!
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:16 PM
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33. good luck to him, but didn't he get swamped last time out?
He's terrific, but he might have been better off moving to a more moderate district.
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kooth Donating Member (40 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:32 PM
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36. Alan Grayson
Yes! Yes! Yes! I'm in too! Whatever seat, I'm there!
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timefortherevolution Donating Member (321 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:41 PM
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38. Just made my contribution. I'm feeling pretty happy for a change.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 08:44 PM
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39. Run for president in 2012 -- !!
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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:16 PM
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48. +1
i would work my ass off for Grayson for Prez in 2012!! we need him badly.
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indy legend Donating Member (484 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:08 PM
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42. I live in Indiana and I am moving to Vancouver in two weeks but..
MY DONATION IS ON IT'S WAY before I go. Give them hell Allan. Pound these right wing fuckers into submission. DO NOT PLAY NICE. Fight them with everything you have. Don't be afraid to get down and dirty with these cock suckers. Unlike our "compromiser n chief we know you have a spine and a set of balls.
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:08 PM
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43. Good chances since people are obviously tired of Rick Scott
maybe "Taliban Dan" Webster too...just look at the low approval ratings of Scott and the angry audience members at Republican Congress members' town hall meetings. Let's support Grayson...even though you may not be totally enamored with Obama, at least start change with our state and federal legislators!
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on point Donating Member (613 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:10 PM
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44. Unlike the Dem Party, HE is someone I WILL DONATE TO!!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:11 PM
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45. Great! Does he have a brother or me?
LOL
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:13 PM
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46. Good news!
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larwdem Donating Member (203 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:15 PM
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47. all right
you can beat obama in the primary. I Have no doubt :fistbump:
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:19 PM
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49. I can easily envision a scenario in which he's the D nominee in 2016. n/t
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xiamiam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 12:01 AM
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61. we cant wait until 2016..nt
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 09:31 AM
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71. We have to. n/t
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:20 PM
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50. .
:woohoo:
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:20 PM
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51. Wonderful news! nt
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peace frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:21 PM
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52. Best news I've heard in a long time
RUN ALAN RUN!
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:33 PM
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53. Hot damn...
Edited on Mon Jul-11-11 09:34 PM by russspeakeasy
:bounce:
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disillusioned73 Donating Member (963 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:40 PM
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54. Just saw him on the Ed show...
Edited on Mon Jul-11-11 09:40 PM by disillusioned73
this is GREAT news.. has Florida learned its lesson yet??
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im1013 Donating Member (527 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 09:52 PM
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55. Just got this email from him about 30 minutes ago...
I'm in. I'm running for Congress.

I'm running because I promised Charlaina and Rick that I would. Charlaina called me a few weeks ago, from the hospital. She told me that her husband, Rick, was suffering from multiple organ failure lungs, kidneys and liver.

Rick was 56 years old. That's three years older than me.

Rick was a veteran. But the Veterans Administration wasn't covering his hospital bills.

Rick had had a bad liver since he was 30, when he contracted hepatitis. No insurance company would go near him.

Every day Rick survived, his family owed several thousand dollars more to hospitals and doctors. And they had no way to pay it.

I told Charlaina how sorry I was. And I told her that I wasn't in Congress anymore, so I wasn't sure how I could help.

She said: "You can run again."

"You are the only person who ever cared about people like us. Rick wants people in Congress who can't be bought and sold. Rick wants you to run again."

A dying man wants me to run for Congress. What exactly could I say?

I promised that I would run.

Rick died on June 30, 2011, at 5:55 p.m.

I'm keeping my promise. I'm in.

For the four million people in Florida who can't see a doctor when they are sick, and the fifty million nationwide, I'm in.

For the 70% of all homeowners in Orlando who owe more than they own on their home, and the 25% nationwide who are "underwater," and feel like they are drowning, I'm in.

For the six million Americans who haven't worked in six months and are seeing their benefits running out, for the eight million more who are unemployed, and for the eight million on top of that who can find only part-time work, I'm in.

For the millions of parents who have absolutely no idea how to pay for a college education for their children, I'm in.

And for everyone who is appalled by the prospect that we may cut Social Security and Medicare benefits as we spend more than $150 billion a year on three unnecessary wars and almost $100 billion a year on the Bush tax cuts for the rich, I'm in.

I'm in. And I'm going to need your help. Are you in?

Courage,

Alan Grayson
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 10:05 PM
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57. Awesome! Big K&R
:toast:
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tosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 10:29 PM
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58. Get me my checkbook!
This is great news!
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orbitalman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 11:05 PM
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59. FANTASTIC !
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 02:32 AM
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64. I hope that Alan Grayson succeeds 100% in his new campaign.
He can run on Social Security and Medicare issues and he will win hands down.
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PuffedMica Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 04:12 AM
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65. Good News, Good News, Good News
Good
Good
Good
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PuffedMica Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 04:12 AM
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66. K&R
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 07:58 AM
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67. K&R!
We need shared sacrifice.

Shared sacrifice will be achieved when we have a national single payer health care system in place. The insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industries will simply have to sacrifice for the good of the nation. See, the health care consumers have already did the bulk of the sacrificing. So single payer would be true "Shared Sacrifice".
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 08:13 AM
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68. Deleted message
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 02:04 PM
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82. And here they come.
See my post upthread. Alerted.
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Bryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 08:44 AM
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69. K&R
for Alan Grayson!
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 09:24 AM
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70. I will donate what I can no matter what, but I do think Grayson's loose language hurts him.
He says he will do nothing different, but I nonetheless hope he does moderate his language (but not his positions).

It may get him cheers at DU and air time on MSNBC, but, in the end, I think it stands in his way, both as an official and as a candidate.
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 01:27 PM
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79. agree completely
Love his passion and dedication but he's got to get smarter about his use of metaphors. I did love his outline of the republican health plan. "Don't get sick..and if you do die quickly". That nailed it without without hyperbole.
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 10:11 AM
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72. Washington has been boring without Grayson.
So glad he is coming back.

:kick:
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Angry and Frustrated Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 07:58 PM
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88. Quickly Alan
Yesssssss I plan on donating. I hope the people in Orange county are as enthusiastic and will support in masses.
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raouldukelives Donating Member (945 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 10:21 AM
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73. Great!
:kick:
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newspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 11:29 AM
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75. I'm in!!!!
Edited on Tue Jul-12-11 11:29 AM by newspeak
I'd rather have outspoken, speak the truth for the people, over damaging concessions at our expense bi-partisanship.
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libmom74 Donating Member (577 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 12:53 PM
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76. Skip Congress, Obama needs a good
primary challenge in 2012, he seems to have forgotten (or doesn't care) who/why people voted for him in 2008 and is expecting a cake walk because the R nominee will be someone so batshit crazy people will vote for him out of fear.
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123forgood Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 01:19 PM
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77. Another Hero on the move....
Hit the ground running Alan, you can't move too fast...we need you so very bad!!!!
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 02:50 PM
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83. Grayson couldn't mount a credible campaign for the nomination
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libmom74 Donating Member (577 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 03:03 PM
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84. What are you basing that on? I believe his voting record
and unwavering support for the poor, working and middle class speaks for itself which is more than I can say for Obama.
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BadGimp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 01:24 PM
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78. I plan to Donate for sure
man we are in a funk
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 01:33 PM
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80. he was just on Hartmann on FSTV
Apparently he's been getting donations since the day he lost. He raised 40,000 without running for a thing. Very grass roots. Still coming in. He's not sure what Obama is doing but is hearing from dems on the Hill that he's really serious about cutting med and ss. They're saying if they don't stand for those two programs then just what does the Democratic Party stand for. They are not going to go along with it. We need the voice of Grayson back in the public airways.
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Luciferous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 01:57 PM
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81. K&R!
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 03:22 PM
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85. Grayson was on with Schultz today -- disappointed no one asked him to run for President 2012 ...
at least while I was listening ...
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 04:03 PM
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86. Good for him. n/t
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