Dan Webster: Alan Grayson’s dirtbaggery has really helped my campaign

posted at 7:26 pm on September 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m paraphrasing. As you’ll see, Webster is far too soft-spoken to call Teacups what he is, although the part about helping his campaign is dead on. Until this past weekend, I couldn’t have told you the name of Grayson’s GOP opponent. Now, thanks to his bottom-feeding, not only do I know who Webster is but he’s firmly in the “weep if we don’t take this seat” column on election night. Which, in an odd way, makes Grayson’s campaign ads of doom possibly the most effective of the cycle. It’s just that they’ve been effective in precisely the opposite way from how they were intended.

Total cash on hand as of early August: $105,000. Total funds raised in the last 48 hours: $100,000 and counting.

Daniel Webster, a Republican running for the House in Florida, sent out a fund-raising appeal Tuesday, according to a spokesman — not long after his Democratic opponent, Representative Alan Grayson, went up with an advertisement comparing Mr. Webster’s stances on women’s issues to the Taliban’s.

The response? Brian Graham, the Webster spokesman, says the campaign raised more than its original goal of $50,000 the first day the appeal went out. On Wednesday evening, a graphic on the candidate’s Web site appeared to show that the campaign had surpassed its revised goal of $100,000.

“Today has been better than we expected,” said Mr. Graham, who added that the campaign had also placed fund-raising pleas on Google and the Drudge Report. “We’ll be re-evaluating that goal again.”

Two clips here, one of Webster commenting on the grand backfire and the other of a new ad from Grayson showcasing the softer, cuddlier side of a guy prone to saying of Glenn Beck’s fans, “These are people who were wearing sheets over their heads 25 years ago.” I like to imagine that this new spot was filmed right after he gave the okay to smear his opponent as a Taliban-esque draft dodger who doesn’t love America. No wonder he’s in such a good mood.



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figured it would. isnt it a republican leaning district anyway? Gray’s chances looked black even if he wasn’t a dirtbag.

Drunk Report on September 29, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Heck even NPR did a segment on diry ads, calling the Grayson one false. Got Dan some free pub, and made Grayson look like the scum he is.

rbj on September 29, 2010 at 7:29 PM

In his new ad, he reminds me of Rosie O’Donnell and her role in “Riding the (short) Bus” or whatever. I liked reading this morning that political watchers say Florida women hate Alan Grayson.

Marcus on September 29, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Will add this from my story earlier

But Grayson isn’t backing off his claims.

“You mention those are his words. Do you think you took them out of context, though?” WFTV reporter Jeff Deal asked Grayson.

“No,” Grayson replied.

and

Tea party activists say they’ll try to serve subpoenas today on Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and Orlando political consultant Doug Guetzloe in an attempt to prove they conspired to create the Florida Tea Party and field a spoiler candidate in Grayson’s race.

Tea party activists began serving subpoenas Wednesday on Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, Orlando political consultant Doug Guetzloe and seven Florida Tea Party candidates in an attempt to prove Grayson conspired to create the political party to field a spoiler candidate in his own race.

William Amos on September 29, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Webster has some of my money because of what Grayson did.

Bishop on September 29, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Holy Hell! Is that ad implying that some woman is attached to Grayson and has had relations with him enough times to produce offspring?

myrenovations on September 29, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Yeh…

But it’s Orlando.

MickyMouse plays well there…

heldmyw on September 29, 2010 at 7:35 PM

MickyMouse plays well there…

heldmyw on September 29, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Yeah but they elected Goofy.

William Amos on September 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Holy Hell! Is that ad implying that some woman is attached to Grayson and has had relations with him enough times to produce offspring?

myrenovations on September 29, 2010 at 7:32 PM

That was my thought exactly! Is this dude really married, and has offspring?

lukespapa on September 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Grayson looks like a pedo in that campaign ad. I think his opponent should run the same ad and end it with “Would you let this man around your children?”

Ian on September 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Total cash on hand as of early August: $105,000. Total funds raised in the last 48 hours: $100,000 and counting.

Booya.

The race is in Florida’s 8th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R+2 (it’s a Republican-leaning district).

Webster holds a 7 point lead as of now, and that was before the despicable “Taliban Dan” ad was shown and attacked from all sides.

Before Grayson, who was elected in 2008, no Democrat had represented the district since the early days of the Reagan Administration.

It will go to Webster, though he’ll still need your help to fight Grayson’s smear tactics.

amerpundit on September 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

That perma-scowl wears whenever I see him on air has mental issues written all over it.

agmartin on September 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Just donated around 4 pm ET and the total was about $85k. Now he’s over $100,000. He owes Grayson a big thank you.

DrStock on September 29, 2010 at 7:40 PM

His wife put devil horns on him at the very beginning. I guess she knows him best.

azkenreid on September 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Please stop with that Grayson ad clip, Allah. Please! I can’t help myself. I click on it, and it is so creepy. What’s with the song choice? Is that woman a decoy or is she somehow connected to him?

DrStock on September 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Should be easy enough to photoshop those chalkboards. Looking forward to the Crist treatment on Grayson’s new ad.

Ronnie on September 29, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Grayson has a wife? She must be a self-loathing, pathetic woman. Her poor children.

IronDioPriest on September 29, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Grayson looks like a pedo in that campaign ad. I think his opponent should run the same ad and end it with “Would you let this man around your children?” – Ian

And then edit in Chris Hansen walking in and saying ”What are you DOING here?”

Tony737 on September 29, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Dirty,Dirty,Rotten Filthy Political tricks!

canopfor on September 29, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Grayson will be caught in a Sh*t Storm,
by the very crap,that he is sowing!

canopfor on September 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

had also placed fund-raising pleas on Google and the Drudge Report.

Given Drudge’s ad rates, that’s a helluva way to piss away money.

lorien1973 on September 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

I like “dirtbaggery.” Love new words! I have to start using that one from time to time.

JellyToast on September 29, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Given Drudge’s ad rates, that’s a helluva way to piss away money.

lorien1973 on September 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Depends on the turn-over rate. How much does the campaign take-in for every dollar spent reaching out to conservative activists?

But agreed. There are better ways to accomplish as much.

amerpundit on September 29, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Grayson can instantly redeem himself and receive total absolution from the Left with one simple gesture…

…hire an illegal alien to be his maid.

FlameWarrior on September 29, 2010 at 8:00 PM

I’m confused. A video with child molester overtones (BTW, who is that woman….his accomplice?) is supposed to help his campaign?

ex Dem from Miami on September 29, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Grayson can instantly redeem himself and receive total absolution from the Left with one simple gesture……hire an illegal alien to be his maid.
FlameWarrior on September 29, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Memo to Meg Whitman: don’t try this yourself at home.

FlameWarrior on September 29, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Is it wrong that I just laughed when they showed the clip of the Taliban Dan ad because I think it is so ridiculous?

terryannonline on September 29, 2010 at 8:03 PM

I donated to Webster today too! SCREW Grayson!

p.s. I kept waiting for some woman to come on camera and scream: “Get away from my children!!”

Justrand on September 29, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Dirty Laundry – Eagles, Farewell Tour

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxPJW4G6W3U

*(Sidebar)*-Ignore the Murdoch cheap shot!

canopfor on September 29, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Yesterday I heard that Grayson was one of the wealthiest members of Congress. Pretty shocking because he presents himself as an escapee from a mental institution.

From Wikepedia via Roll Call:

Grayson was ranked as the 12th-wealthiest member of Congress based on financial disclosure forms with a minimum net worth of $31.12 million, according to Roll Call.[8]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Grayson

Cody1991 on September 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

AC/DC- DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP

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

canopfor on September 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

To me, the manner in which Grayson has been attacking Webster’s religion borders on hate speech.

Which makes it really surprising that Grayson, who’s Jewish, has chosen a well-known children’s gospel song based on a New Testament verse as the theme of this commercial.

And, also, Ian’s right. Grayson looks like a child molester in this ad.

DelD on September 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Cody1991 on September 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

My goodness….how did a douchebag like Grayson manage to get so much money?

terryannonline on September 29, 2010 at 8:09 PM

presents himself as an escapee from a mental institution.

Cody1991 on September 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Cody1991: Grayson The Cybil!!:)

canopfor on September 29, 2010 at 8:10 PM

In that Grayson add… he looks more like a special needs adult than a sitting congressman.

The Ugly American on September 29, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Cody1991 on September 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM
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My goodness….how did a douchebag like Grayson manage to get so much money?

terryannonline on September 29, 2010 at 8:09 PM

terryannonline:By joining the DNC!?

canopfor on September 29, 2010 at 8:11 PM

My goodness….how did a douchebag like Grayson manage to get so much money?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Grayson

Grayson also was the first president of IDT Corporation, a publicly traded billion-dollar telecommunications company.

In the 2000s, he worked as a plaintiffs’ attorney specializing in whistleblower fraud cases aimed at Iraq war contractors. One contractor, Custer Battles, employed individuals who were found guilty of making fraudulent statements and submitting fraudulent invoices on two contracts in 2003 the company had with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. On behalf of his clients, Grayson filed suit under the False Claims Act and its qui tam provisions. Grayson disclosed his attorney fees and costs for the case exceeded $4 million

William Amos on September 29, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Grayson has no clue he’s going to lose does he? I’ll bet he has no post-Congress plans set up in his arrogance.

Yakko77 on September 29, 2010 at 8:15 PM

This I would bet on:

Grayson, at home, at work, and with his kids, is a jerk sometimes and most likely a complete prick sometimes as well.

I can very easily imagine yelling at his spouse, his children and his staff. I can see him communicating with snippy, snide, sarcastic tones all the time.

He just exudes “asshole”

Opposite Day on September 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

My goodness….how did a douchebag like Grayson manage to get so much money?

terryannonline on September 29, 2010 at 8:09 PM

I haven’t done much research on him because he’s so repulsive, so odious that it’s difficult to find the motivation. He’s an attorney, and it looks like he’s the typical Dem, sleaze bag slip-and-fall type like John Edwards. Remember him?

And Grayson has five kids. Ugh…. There really are desperate women out there, I guess.

Cody1991 on September 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

William Amos on September 29, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Well that explains a lot. He got his money by being a complete douchebag.

terryannonline on September 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Grayson looks like a pedo in that campaign ad.

Ian on September 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Agreed – If I saw him in the park, I would be calling the cops.

EliTheBean on September 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

During 1988, when Grayson had just turned thirty and while working for the Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson law firm, he spent four days in the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. What the cause of this stay was is yet unclear, although testimony from co-workers suggests that Grayson was extremely combative with fellow employees, including slapping a female intern in the face. Grayson was released after PIW doctors declared him “not to be a threat to the public.”

I remember reading this nugget the last time he pulled an insane public display…..

tru2tx on September 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Wow does that guy look creepy interacting with kids. Can it look any more staged and unnatural?

Scrappy on September 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM

tru2tx on September 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

For a guy who started a mudslinging battle that tidbit sure does give his opponent a lot of ammo.

Scrappy on September 29, 2010 at 8:31 PM

after PIW doctors declared him “not to be a threat to the public.”

Wow were they wrong.

Bishop on September 29, 2010 at 8:32 PM

In a year when being a big time spender is something you don’t want to be seen as, he puts up an ad showing he voted for Obamacare and extra funds to the teacher’s unions via the blankety-blank bill?

Does he know you are supposed to remove your foot from your mouth before you shoot it?

ajacksonian on September 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Wow does that guy look creepy interacting with kids. Can it look any more staged and unnatural?
Scrappy on September 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Weirdly, the little figurine on top of my wedding cake looked exactly like Grayson.

No wonder marriage problems instantly ensued.

(Just kidding)

FlameWarrior on September 29, 2010 at 8:34 PM

My goodness….how did a douchebag like Grayson manage to get so much money?

terryannonline on September 29, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Precisely because he is a douchebag. His “Republicans want you to die” made the five year olds in the left blogosphere swoon. When they woke up, they all immediately maxed out their parents’ credit cards donating to his campaign.

Teacups is a particularly vile piece of work, but he is laughing – albeit insipidly and maniacally – all the way to the bank.

RINO in Name Only on September 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM

It’s like the 2nd Death Star’s force shield just came down.

Mojave Mark on September 29, 2010 at 8:45 PM

PULEEEEZE don’t make me click into the HuffPo !!
How’s about a recap ??

pambi on September 29, 2010 at 9:00 PM

How’s about a recap ??

Recap

There has been a lot of talk here about how a Democrat can win in 2010.

Here is my answer:

Truth,

Congressman Alan Grayson

William Amos on September 29, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Was the second ad plagiarized?

pt on September 29, 2010 at 9:30 PM

It’s just that they’ve been effective in precisely the opposite way from how they were intended.

The land needs to recover her decency.

Schadenfreude on September 29, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Holy Hell! Is that ad implying that some woman is attached to Grayson and has had relations with him enough times to produce offspring?

myrenovations on September 29, 2010 at 7:32 PM

I know. I know. It’s mind-boggling.

Alana on September 29, 2010 at 9:53 PM

I haven’t done much research on him because he’s so repulsive, so odious that it’s difficult to find the motivation.

Cody1991 on September 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

No kidding.

AshleyTKing on September 29, 2010 at 9:57 PM

In that Grayson add… he looks more like a special needs adult than a sitting congressman.

The Ugly American on September 29, 2010 at 8:10 PM

He looks like that when he’s walking, too. I just saw yesterday a clip of him walking off a stage. He looks like there may be something physically wrong with his body.

Alana on September 29, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Yesterday I heard that Grayson was one of the wealthiest members of Congress. Pretty shocking because he presents himself as an escapee from a mental institution.

From Wikepedia via Roll Call:

Grayson was ranked as the 12th-wealthiest member of Congress based on financial disclosure forms with a minimum net worth of $31.12 million, according to Roll Call.[8]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Grayson

Cody1991 on September 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

OK, that explains how he got a mate.

Alana on September 29, 2010 at 10:00 PM

He looks like there may be something physically wrong with his body.

Alana on September 29, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Yeah. He’s a fat pig.
You may call him portly. The epitome of self-control.

Lanceman on September 29, 2010 at 10:32 PM

maybe this has been asked already, but given Grayson’s notorious rep, why have the R’s not given the R money to knock him off?

i really don’t understand…seems like a small investment

r keller on September 29, 2010 at 10:40 PM

From his bio:

Alan Grayson lives in Orlando with his wife, Lolita, and their five children, Skye, Star, Sage, Stone and Storm.

And they talk about Palin’s kids names?

ctmom on September 29, 2010 at 10:48 PM

r keller on September 29, 2010 at 10:40 PM

You do know that Grayson beat R. Keller in the last election, right?

Lanceman on September 29, 2010 at 10:49 PM

He’s chupacabra with a bald spot.

leftnomore on September 29, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Must… defeat… Grayson…

Must… defeat… Grayson!!

Khun Joe on September 30, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Why must you be so offensive to bags of dirt Allah by comparing them to Alan Grayson? What did bags of dirt ever do to you?

BKennedy on September 30, 2010 at 3:42 AM

His interactions with the kids are totally fake and forced.

He’s either a terrible actor or he’s never around them. Maybe both.

Grace_is_sufficient on September 30, 2010 at 5:03 AM

Were the kids in the spot his kids or props? It was hard to tell.

volsense on September 30, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Makes me think of the scene in the Untouchables where Capone is crying at the beautiful opera when he’s told Sean Connery’s character has been murdered and he starts to smile through the tears. Very creepy.

jnelchef on September 30, 2010 at 9:33 AM

jnelchef on September 30, 2010 at 9:33 Am

Am I mistaken or are you now following in Grayson’s footsteps linking Webster to an Al Capone character?

cjk on September 30, 2010 at 2:56 PM

He has got to be scummiest person in congress.

Hilts on September 30, 2010 at 4:26 PM