Democrat Alan Grayson faces Republican Todd Long in the race for U.S. House District 9.
Monday, Oct. 30, 2012
Outspoken Alan Grayson looks to be on a trajectory that could land him back in Washington.
The former congressman has a heavy till of campaign cash to help catapult him past republican Todd Long in the newly drawn 9th Congressional district.
Grayson got a big boost when Nancy Pelosi visited Orlando to raise some campaign cash for Grayson’s cause.
The race against Todd Long has been contentious to say the least, but Long himself is a “long-shot.”
The 9th district breaks down as 42 percent are Democrats and 27 percent are Republicans. It’s an uphill battle for Todd Long, and being greatly outspent makes that climb even steeper.
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012
Another day, and another campaign video from Alan Grayson. This time, it's Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) praising Grayson and encouraging voters to send the former Congressman back to Washington.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
While in Orlando campaigning for Alan Grayson, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recorded a video in support of Grayson's campaign. Pelosi commented that, if elected, Grayson would be fighting for Florida families in Washington.
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012
It may be a Central Florida race, but Democrat Alan Grayson is getting national cable network attention. On Tuesday night, Grayson was a guest on former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's show "Viewpoint" on the Current TV network. Grayson took the opportunity to review the third Presidential debate held on Monday October 21st.
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012
Despite the fact that former Gov. Jeb Bush formally endorsed Republican Todd Long, Democrat Alan Grayson just nabbed a nod from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
He also picked up some campaign cash to help his cause.
According to his campaign website, Grayson raised almost $70,000 from the one-hour event that was held at the Citrus Club in Downtown Orlando on Thursday.
“I’m very happy to have the full support of my party,” said Alan Grayson (D-Orlando). “I’m sure that the Democratic Party is pleased that we not only have funded our own campaign with generous contributions from almost 100,000 donors, but we also have raised $400,000 for other Democratic candidates and the Party,” Grayson wrote on his campaign website.
Grayson continues to bring in big bucks in the race for the newly drawn 9th Congressional district, stacking the deck with over $1 million.
Monday, Oct. 22, 2012
Democrat Alan Grayson continues to bring in big bucks in the race for the 9th Congressional district.
Grayson has raised over $1 million in his race against democrat Todd Long, although Long recently grabbed a coveted endorsement from former Gov. Jeb Bush.
Long release the statement from Bush at his campaign website saying:
“Alan Grayson’s liberal record of tax and spend policies will not lead to a stronger future,” Bush said. “We need members of Congress who believe in American exceptionalism and will support policies that grow the economy and create jobs. Todd is committed to improving the life of all Americans as well as preserving social security, Medicare and Medicaid.”
The nod from the former governor might not be enough for Long. The district leans Democratic, and with Grayson’s deep bank account for advertising, it may mean Long’s out of luck and Grayson could be heading back to Washington.
Friday, Oct. 18, 2012
More poll news today... new numbers released by St. Pete Polls indicate Alan Grayson is leading Todd Long by about four percentage points among "active" voters (active voters being voters how have voted in an election in the last four years). In a Friday morning release, the St. Petersburg-based polling firm showed that Grayson was on top of Long 44.8% to Long's 40.3%. When it comes to registered voters, Grayson springs ahead with a 48.6% to 32.4% lead over Long.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2012
Poll results posted on Alan Grayson's website show that the Democratic candidate for U.S. House District 9 has a commanding lead over his opponent, Republican Todd Long. The poll, conducted by Gravis Marketing, shows Grayson with a 15-point lead. Other poll breakouts all have Grayson ahead of his Republican opponent. Let the buyer beware, however. The first line on the Gravis Marketing website says they are in the business of "Providing the political advertising software and services that get the campaign responses and results you want." Regardless of the polls cited by any candidate, the poll with meaning will come on Election Day in November.
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012
In a posting on his campaign Facebook page, Alan Grayson makes the claim that Republicans are working to suppress the Democratic vote. One of Grayson's listed objectives is to get registered voters to vote by mail.
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012
Alan Grayson continues to ignite controversy as he seeks the congressional seat for District 9.
Recently, the Orlando Sentinel passed on backing either of the candidates in the race.
The Sentinel said neither Grayson nor Republican challenger Todd Long offered endearing qualities for support:
"Neither candidate gives voters in District 9 any reason to expect the steady leadership and statesmanship that they deserve and Congress needs." - Orlando Sentinel
The latest St. Petersburg poll has Grayson leading by only 3 points in the newly redrawn 9th Congressional District.
Grayson lost back in 2010 to Daniel Webster in Florida's 8th Congressional District.
He was defeated after one term.
This time around Grayson has much more campaign cash than his opponent Todd Long.
According to the Federal elections commission, Grayson has more than $1 million on hand for advertising.
That blows away the till Republican Todd Long has to draw from in his war chest, who reports having less than $5,000 on hand.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012
A plethora of political “mailers” continues to swirl as the newly drawn 9th congressional district continues to grow in heated contention.
Alan Grayson, the former U.S. congressman from Florida's 8th District, has not been holding back in his message against Republican opponent Todd Long.
Political mailers have carried a harsh message against Todd Long, claiming he is suggesting raising the retirement age for Social Security or Medicare.
Long fired back saying “It is no surprise to me that Grayson would enlist and pay convicted felon Doug Guetzloe to continue to misrepresent my positions. He offers no solutions, spends no time with the people of District 9, and will not debate me because I have common sense solutions.”
According to Grayson’s website, he has raised almost $117,000, coming from 4,861 individual contributions.
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
Alan Grayson accepted an endorsement from Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, on Friday, Oct. 5.
“Alan Grayson is a strong supporter of efforts to secure fair treatment for the 3.7 million American citizens living in Puerto Rico. So many people in Florida's 9th District are of Puerto Rican birth or descent, and many have family members and loved ones that still reside on the Island. Rep. Grayson deserves to be re-elected to Congress and, when he is, I look forward to resuming our work together on behalf of our constituents,” said Pierluisi.
Puerto Rican Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock has also chosen to endorse Grayson.
“Alan Grayson has turned diversity into progress for all, and I’m grateful that he has also been a strong advocate for Puerto Rico,” McClintock said in a taped message.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012
Democrat Alan Grayson is looking to spur donations through his website, which has an unusual name: CongressmanWithGuts.com.
The former congressman is running against Republican Todd Long in the new District 9.
As of Tuesday, Grayson said he has raised $6,678, citing 214 individual contributions. He's set a $100,000 goal by Oct. 7 at midnight.
Grayson left this note in regards to his ability to by television advertising:
"We told you on Sunday that we were off the air, thanks to the fact that the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove had pushed the cost of TV ads in Orlando sky-high. And we said that we would take all of the contributions that we received through close of business yesterday, and use that money to put our uplifting, inspirational positive ad back on TV."
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012
Alan Grayson's campaign recently released their latest campaign commercial. In it, Grayson mentions his accomplishments as a lawyer and as a Representative in Congress, and the path he had to take to start his professional career.