Democrats Help Grayson, Republicans Shun Long

October 22, 2012

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was the special guest at a Grayson for Congress fundraiser on Thursday, and the results were spectacular. The Grayson campaign raised almost $70,000 from the one-hour event – just less than the total amount that the Todd Long campaign has raised during the past two years.

The luncheon event was held at the Citrus Club in downtown Orlando. After the event, Leader Pelosi recorded a video endorsement and testimonial for the Grayson campaign.

“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.”

In contrast, Todd Long has been dumped even by his fellow Tea Party zealots. Last Wednesday, the so-called “Florida Tea Party Patriots” terminated Long’s membership, “due to inactivity.” “Todd Long’s schemes, like raising the retirement age to 72, are so extreme that members of his own party don’t want to have anything to do with him,” said Mitch Emerson, the Grayson for Congress campaign manager.

In other news, the Grayson campaign learned of two new unpublished polls of the race. One of them has Grayson up by 16 points, and the other has Grayson up by 18 points. These polls confirm that Grayson has extended his lead beyond the 15 points found in a published poll that was “in the field” ten days ago.