Progressive Warrior Alan Grayson Contemplating 2016 Senate Run


If Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) decides to vacate his seat to run for President in 2016, his replacement could be a progressive Democrat. Scott Powers at the Orlando Sentinel reports that Democratic Representative Alan Grayson (FL-09) is considering running for Rubio’s seat. The progressive Congressman is apparently contemplating a Senate bid though he hinted that he might defer to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz if she decides to step into the ring.

Grayson is a fiery progressive and a prodigious fundraiser. The populist Congressman has long been a thorn in the side of conservatives with his blunt assessment of Republican policies. He gained national notoriety in 2009, when he panned the GOP health care plan as “don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.” There is no question that if he runs for the U.S. Senate, he will run a spirited campaign.

Congressman Grayson doesn’t pull any punches when he speaks truth to power. If he were to run and win the Florida race, he would likely join Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), as one of the most outspoken progressives in the U.S. Senate. He would also offer a 180-degree change in direction from Senator Marco Rubio, who rode into the Senate on the Tea Party wave.

A Grayson candidacy would be a high risk, high reward gamble. As a polarizing progressive politician, he runs the risk of alienating a segment of the Sunshine State’s independent voters. Unless he was matched up against a similarly polarizing figure on the far right, like former Congressman Allen West, Grayson might be an underdog in a state as evenly split as Florida. Yet, if Grayson were successful, he would immediately give a Southern state a bona fide progressive voice in the U.S. Senate. He would also give Mitch McConnell fits on the Senate floor.

The 2016 election field has not taken shape yet. However, If Alan Grayson is serious about running for the U.S. Senate, Democrats would be assured of having a candidate who is not afraid of his own shadow. Grayson would counter punch for every jab the Republicans threw his way. There is no guarantee he would win a statewide race, but we could be certain that if he didn’t win, at the very least, he would go down swinging.

16 Replies to “Progressive Warrior Alan Grayson Contemplating 2016 Senate Run”

  1. Love this guy, but I think Wasserman Schultz might have a better chance with the Jewish vote in south Florida.

  2. I think Rubio is going to be talked to and told not to run. The gop will do anything to protect their seats in the Senate

    But Grayson certainly has the money to run.

  3. Florida voted for Obama over Hillary. They voted for Obama over McCain and Romney. You better believe we are ready for a Progressive.

  4. Can Rubio be on the ticket twice? Thats what Rand Paul is trying to do. Can’t do that in Kentucky so he’s planning to not run in the primary for president in his home state. The primary is late and not as important as Florida though.

  5. Florida requires that any officeholder announcing for another office must resign the one he holds. That’s how we lost both Bob Graham and Charlie Crist.

  6. I love Alan Grayson because he says it the way it is, no ifs or buts. He gets under the skin of republicans, but never backs down.

  7. I love Grayson, but with Hilary running, he and Sanders don’t stand a chance. The establishment will go with one of their own, and that would be Clinton.

  8. Maxie, read the article again please. Grayson might run for Rubio’s seat, not for the Democratic nomination for President.

  9. How about this for transparency..

    I am who clicked no way on your post Maxie. Democrats are more likely than anyone to go with a non-establishment candidate.

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