Florida District 8 Congressman Alan “Die Quickly” Grayson is reportedly a real smart guy having graduated Harvard summa cum laude. But he is being exposed slowly but surely and a complete buffoon when it comes to local Orlando politics. Alan seems to have associated himself with the local gadfly Doug Guetzloe. Bad choice of associates Alan.
US Congressman Alan Grayson has some explaining to do
Briefly former registered democrat and lawyer Fred O’Neal formed the Florida Tea Party with former conservative talk show host Doug Guetzloe as an informal spokesperson “consultant” for the party. The OTown Tea Party and several other grass roots tea parties have been fighting them ever since.
The “real” Tea Parties do not want anything to do with running third party “Tea Party” candidates that will compete with Republicans and “split the vote.” The grass roots Tea Party members want to elevate their favorite candidates in the Republican Party primary so the conservative vote is not split in the general election. They accuse The Florida Tea Party of running candidates as a way to split the conservative vote and assure the election of the democratic opponent.
For local politicians most if not all would avoid business or political dealings with Mr. Guetzloe. He has been in law suits and political controversies for a decade or more. He’s been accused in the Orlando Sentinel of deals with the Orlando Magic and local politicians. Not the person you want to be associated with if you are a politician.
And into this third party mess with controversial characters walks in none other than Alan Grayson. Alan has paid people associated with the Florida Tea Party $27,898. We know Alan has $2.4 million in his campaign war chest so 27k is chump change if he could get a conservative third party candidate. Grayson has bought advertising on Guetzloe’s former radio station and Guetzloe has interviewed and promoted District 8 Florida Tea Party candidate Peg Dunmire. Just a little too neat to be a coincidence.
Fortunately the local press, including WKMG’s Tony Pipitone, have been covering this story. It looks to be unfolding nicely just in time for the November election. Let’s hope the Republicans vote in a clean candidate with no baggage to clean Grayson’s clock and wipe this creep off the Central Florida political landscape.