Taxpayers fund Grayson’s Greatest Hits DVD

posted at 10:12 am on July 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It’s bad enough that taxpayers have to pay Rep. Alan Grayson’s salary while he makes lunatic rants on and off the House floor.  Now we’re on the hook for his greatest hits compilation DVD.  Grayson sent his constituents a DVD of his favorite moments as their elected Representative, and then stuck everyone with the bill:

The 90-minute disc features video highlights from his first term in office, including one of him grilling Fed Chairman Ben Bernankeand another in which the Orlando Democrat preaches on the need to teach schoolchildren about the U.S. Constitution.

The DVD comes wrapped inside a mailer covered with promotional slogans: “Congressman Alan Grayson, Hard at Work for You,” “He works hard. He pays attention. He gets things done,” and “Video DVD Inside: Watch Congressman Grayson in Action!”

In many ways, it’s the perfect campaign video — with one key difference.

Thanks to perks given to all members of Congress, it’s not Grayson’s campaign but taxpayers who footed the nearly $73,000 bill to produce and mail the DVD to 100,000 homes in Grayson’s district of Lake, Marion, Orange and Osceola counties.

Grayson says that he doesn’t see the video as self-promotional.  Really?  Judge for yourselves:

 Grayson doesn’t include some of his more memorable moments in this DVD, however. Let’s refresh some memories. First, Grayson tells a local TV station that having Republicans in charge of government is like letting al-Qaeda fly planes:

And let’s also recall Grayson’s defense of the Constitution — one of the “highlights” on his DVD — in the context of how Grayson would like to see political dissent handled:

Not everyone thinks imitation is the best form of flattery.

In fact, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando took such offense at a parody website aimed at unseating him that the freshman Democrat has asked that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder investigate the Lake County activist who started the anti-Grayson website “mycongressmanisnuts.com.”

Specifically, Grayson accuses Republican activist Angie Langley of lying to federal elections. His four-page complaint highlights the fact that the Clermont resident lives outside his district, but that Langley still uses the term “my” in “mycongressmanisnuts.com.”

“Ms. Langley has deliberately masqueraded as a constituent of mine, in order to try to create the false appearance that she speaks for constituents who don’t support me,” writes Grayson. “[She] has chosen a name for her committee that is utterly tasteless and juvenile.”

Grayson’s office did not respond with comment other than to confirm the letter exists — including its request that Langley be fined and “imprisoned for five years.”

Yes, let’s imprison people for their political speech. That’s certainly defending the Constitution! And let’s not forget Grayson’s expert grasp of the issues and the nuances of public policy, when he characterized Republican opposition to ObamaCare — still shared by a majority of Americans — as a wish that people would just “die quickly“:

Instead, Grayson has stuck taxpayers with a bill to fund his re-election campaign. That money should come out of Grayson’s campaign, or his own pocket. His constituents should ensure that Grayson doesn’t get the opportunity to use public resources to promote himself again by kicking him out of office in November.


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He and Crist are two of the most despicable politicians that have ever served. It saya alot about the state of Florids to elect buffoons like this.

volsense on July 29, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Every state elects buffoons, volsense. Florida isn’t unique in that area.

What we need is to demand of ourselves that we elect fewer buffoons.

Red Cloud on July 29, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Considering the getup he’s wearing in the screen cap, I don’t know how self-serving this really is.

dczombie on July 29, 2010 at 10:23 AM

The perfect moment for a counter punch DVD. Bet it’s being produced as I type.
Randy

williars on July 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I’m torn. it would be great so see him bounced from office, but he makes such a good poster boy to use against the Dems. If those New Yorkers Floridians in that district aren’t embarrassed, go ahead, keep him around.

cartooner on July 29, 2010 at 10:25 AM

can not watch…will take your word on it…

cmsinaz on July 29, 2010 at 10:25 AM

He seems… nutty.

http://www.mycongressmanisnuts.com

Abby Adams on July 29, 2010 at 10:28 AM

For the life of me…I just can’t fathom any congressional district in the US where this guy can get elected…

But then again my fellow citizens greatly disappoint me every day…

PatriotRider on July 29, 2010 at 10:32 AM

I don’t mind funding a four second DVD.

LibTired on July 29, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I’ll bet anything that the ratio of mentally unstable to stable persons is sooooo much higher with elected officials than compared to regular Americans.

I mean, really …….. WTF is going on here ?? How these people attain positions of power confuses me to no end.

Jerome Horwitz on July 29, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Well,the Liberal psychotic Loon Grayson,probably belongs
to the Coffee Kool-Aid Party,butta-boom,butta bing!!

canopfor on July 29, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Some of the people in congress are stupid and we know who they are but greyson has a real flaw and is certifiable.He is one of the most twisted individuals in America and that includes Hollyweird.

tim c on July 29, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Alan Grayson and Ron Paul.

The worst of both worlds.

MadisonConservative on July 29, 2010 at 10:44 AM

5*Stars……….you’ll weep and rejoice
-USA Today

Speaking Truth to Power
-El Code Pinko’s

Transforming and Progressively Mesmerizing
-Progressives R’uS

The Best Guy Talking Loon we have on our side
-DNC

For the First Time In My Life,I’m proud of Grayson
-Michelle OMama Obama

That DVD,is a big F”ing Deal
–GafeeBiden

Best Tax Dollars ever spent,next to the Stimulus’s

— Timothy Giethner

canopfor on July 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Ahem,o boy,um….does Grayson have any offspring,
er,Spawn!!(snark)..

canopfor on July 29, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Grayson Musical Theme
=================================

David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXq5VvYAI1Q&feature=related

canopfor on July 29, 2010 at 10:49 AM

My mama always said, “Douchebag is as douchebag does.”

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Eric Cantor should add this to his list of Budget Cutting selections – http://republicanwhip.house.gov/YouCut/

humdinger on July 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM

canopfor on July 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM

“Alan Grayson makes me seem coherent.”

–Dennis Kucinich

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM

The 90-minute disc features video highlights from his first term in office….

Ninety minutes! Yikes! At Gitmo they’d consider this worse than waterboarding.

Rovin on July 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Let’s just put this in a general context that no one is going to misunderstand.

Alan Grayson is crazy.

Alan Grayson should never have been elected to office to begin with.

Alan Grayson has done nothing the entire time he has been in office other than rant and rave and make a complete public fool of himself and a national embarrassment to the constituents of Orlando who were stupid enough to elect him into office in the first place.

Alan Grayson needs to be voted out of office come next election.

End of argument!

pilamaye on July 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM

It is time to cut off the source of their funding.

Inanemergencydial on July 29, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Any chance of an ethics complaint? Or have the incumbents set this up for themselves as somehow legal?

motionview on July 29, 2010 at 10:56 AM

If there were any such a thing as a just God, Grayson would be one of those who burst into flames.

Speakup on July 29, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Any chance of an ethics complaint? Or have the incumbents set this up for themselves as somehow legal?

motionview

Everyone should call up his Congressional office and ask them how much was paid and whether they view it as legal?

IntheNet on July 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM

The GOP in his area should start proceedings against him to make him pay for this himself.

jeanie on July 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM

He sure is proud of himself.

Cindy Munford on July 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM

canopfor on July 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM
===========================
“Alan Grayson makes me seem coherent.”

–Dennis Kucinich

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac: Oh gawd,that was a good comeback,LMAO,
now I must remake another cup of tea,
that I spit out!!:)

canopfor on July 29, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Kind of a Floridian Blago without the hair.

jeanie on July 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM

canopfor on July 29, 2010 at 11:21 AM

I just took your lead, my friend. Here’s another one…..

“Alan Grayson is an island of progressive policy and a master of geography.”

–Hank Johnson

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 29, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Grayson – Heavy handed, pathetic and arrogant. Classic example of a person who opens his mouth and starts talking loudly just a little bit before his mind engages.

mid_aged_man on July 29, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Recall when the House Post Office would allow a “frank” on any mail that included the phrase “government run” as in government run health care.

J_Crater on July 29, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Actually, Alan Grayson reminds me of David, former owner, from the Black Pearl restaurant featured on Kitchen Nightmares.

David makes an appearance at 1:23. Enjoy, enjoyers.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Dumb ass’s DVD will figure prominently in his re-election. It will be played by the opposition.

GarandFan on July 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM

BTW, that 292 co-sponsors he mentions…. it is now 340. Either of these numbers EASILY passes the bill with a HUGE MAJORITY. It seems the Federal Reserve owners have control of the “key” members of the committee and are able to keep it from getting to the floor.

CC

CapedConservative on July 29, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Dumb ass’s DVD will figure prominently in his re-election. It will be played by the opposition. GarandFan on July 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM

This is an absolute gift for his opponent. Think of all the research time he saved them. Stupid is as stupid does.

Mojave Mark on July 29, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Now you know why they call us “Floridiots” . . .

I didn’t vote for him. I voted for the Republican loser whose place he took. Neither was a good choice. If somebody would put up Toonces the cat as a candidate, that would be an improvement. Meanwhile, I’ll be watching my mail for my new coffee table coaster I mean DVD of my esteemed representative.

tpitman on July 29, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Bo Bo da clownnnn !

Hummer53 on July 29, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Grayson is bound for the top of the Demo party in the House.

I can see him being their SPEAKER.

PappyD61 on July 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM

BTW, Who is dumber………….and a bigger embarassment?

GRAYSON………OR THE VOTERS THAT ELECTED HIM?

PappyD61 on July 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Help us get rid of Grayson. Vote for Patricia Sullivan in the RightKlik Ten Buck Fridays poll. PLEEEEASE. Patricia’s our Michele Bachmann in District 8.

Ronnie on July 29, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Was “mycongressmanisaporksuckingsob.com” already taken?

Extrafishy on July 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Was “mycongressmanisaporksuckingsob.com” already taken?

Extrafishy on July 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM

I assume the Murtha estate will let that one expire now.

Ronnie on July 29, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Grayson? Snarky comes to mind.

never underestimate Saul Alinsky true believers in Socialism, said Socialism created to destroy the Capitalism enshrined in the US Constitution and the Capitalism enshrined in the Declaration of Independence

mathewsjw on July 29, 2010 at 3:07 PM

I’m embarrassed by our Rino twin senators here in Maine. But if I’d help elect Grayson, I’d die of shame.

MainelyRight on July 29, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Help us get rid of Grayson. Vote for Patricia Sullivan

Ronnie on July 29, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Ronnie – I am surprised that Patricia Sullivan does not include any information about her positions on the U.S. military, Iraq, Afghanistan, or the War on Terror on her key issues page. Our national defense is one of Congress’s primary responsibilites.

These types of national defense issues are also one of the ways I sort out the crazy Ron Paul “Liberty” Republicans who favor a “non-interventionist foreign policy” and the closing of our military bases around the world from the strong conservative candidates who will protect our country.

http://patriciasullivanforcongress.com/key-issues/

Patricia Sullivan does say she favors a “strong national defense” in the banner at the top of her site. But the anti-war Ron Paul “Liberty” Republican candidates often say they favor strong national defense too which they explain by saying that’s why they want to bring all of the troops home so they can protect our borders.

Patricia may be a wonderful patriotic American who understands how to protect our country, but I need to see more information on her web site to prove it.

According to the FEC.gov website there are 10 Republican candidates who have filed financial reports in 2010 to run in Florida’s August 24 Republican Primary in the 8th District that Alan Grayson currently represents.
http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/HSRefreshCandList.do?category=disH&stateName=FL&congressId=08&election_yr=2010

If you live in or near this Florida district, please let us know which candidate you are supporting in this Republican Primary and why.

We need the strongest possible Republican candidate to defeat Rep. Grayson in November!

wren on July 29, 2010 at 4:09 PM

wren on July 29, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Patricia believes in taking care of threats overseas. She doesn’t believe in nation building. Go in, win, get out. I’ll ask her to expand on that point on her site.

Ronnie on July 29, 2010 at 4:49 PM

the Orlando Democrat preaches on the need to teach schoolchildren about the U.S. Constitution.

A course he’s quite obviously never taken.

“Republican Health Care Plan-
Don’t Get Sick”
Democrat Health Care Plan-
Get Sick And Die.

Amendment X on July 29, 2010 at 5:50 PM

It doesn’t need to be 90 mins., just 10 and give it the Gregory Bros. treatment.

“He has a chart!”
“An angry chart!”
“a chart that helps us learn!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnoD3NUux3M

PolitiNOOB on July 29, 2010 at 7:28 PM

This guy is a certified, card-carryin’ douchebag.

Dopenstrange on July 29, 2010 at 11:28 PM

Actually, Alan Grayson reminds me of David, former owner, from the Black Pearl restaurant featured on Kitchen Nightmares.

David makes an appearance at 1:23. Enjoy, enjoyers.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac: Good catch,that David character could be a
dead-ringer for Grayson!!:)

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 6:39 AM