Grayson deems Quiñones winner of FL-9 GOP primary, promptly unleashes racist attack
posted at 4:41 pm on August 3, 2012 by Jorge Bonilla
It’s often been said that the quickest way to learn what a politician fears is by watching who they attack. Alan Grayson has just communicated that fear…very clearly, and very loudly. In the race to represent the Ninth Congressional District of Florida, the stakes just went way up.
Never mind that Florida’s primary is still a week and a half out. Early voting begins tomorrow, and Grayson has determined that Quiñones is the guy to take out. As I’ve previously stated, Quiñones’ candidacy deprives Grayson of a significant chunk of the district’s Hispanic vote. Without said Hispanic vote, there is no path to victory for Alan Grayson.
The above image is a banner-capture from a Grayson-funded false-flag site intended to attack Quiñones from the right. Fake tax attacks are part of Grayson’s M-O. Witness this Fair Tax smear from 2008 against his predecessor Ric Keller, an original co-sponsor of HR-25. Needless to say, this sort of thing is to be expected. Now, notice the picture at the far right of the banner.
It is common practice for campaigns to use goofy or otherwise unflattering pictures of their opponents in their attack advertising. Most telling, though, is Team Grayson’s choice of picture here (in other words, what they deemed to be unflattering). The above photo of Quiñones wearing the traditional pava was taken during Puerto Rican heritage celebrations at the Florida Capitol, during his stint in the Florida House. Given that the 9th Congressional District is over 40% Hispanic (majority Puerto Rican), it find that is horrible form to use this particular picture in an attack ad, and that it amounts to open mockery of Quiñones’ ethnic heritage.
When deployed in an attack ad, an “ethnic” photo serves no other purpose than to highight an opponent’s “otherness”. That Grayson would release this ad in advance of a primary is particularly telling, and the self-evident liberal racial projection is staggering. Imagine the hue and cry had anyone used this photo of the President in, say, a foreign policy attack ad. The media would go into high dudgeon, Al Sharpton’s head would explode, and MSNBC’s (or whatever they call themselves these days) prime-time block would be set for months if not years. Yet as we all know, the benefits of such outrage do not extend to bigoted leftward attacks on minority conservatives who dare forget their place and deign to abandon the progressive plantation.
This despicable false-flag tax attack is nothing more than a political beard for what the Left (and, by extension, the Grayson campaign) is really trying to convey: its utter hatred and contempt for a conservative of ethnic minority origins (side note: I am curious to see how Hispanic liberals such as Grayson surrogate Pedro Pierluisi defend this). Especially so, if said conservative is running against a darling of the Left and stands to swing an entire election.
Given its particularly high stakes, it was clear that this was always going to be a tough race. It should also be clear that Grayson is terrified of John Quiñones.
Cross-posted at El Tercer Riel (The Third Rail).