He's the man the Washington Post calls a "Harvard graduate with a soft voice." Now, from the man who brought you "Republicans want people to die quickly" and the health-care system as "holocaust in America," comes this temperate exchange about Federal Reserve employee Linda Robertson:
"This lobbyist, this K street whore, is trying to teach me about economics," Mr. Grayson fumed in a segment for a radio program hosted by Alex Jones on the Genesis Communications Network. "This K street whore is trying to teach me about economics," Mr. Jones repeated back to the congressman. "Who was that particular K street whore?" "I don't remember her name," Mr. Grayson, who once worked as an economist and conveyed he did not feel Ms. Robertson was qualified to lecture Congress on financial matters, said. "This was several month ago, but you can look it up, the lobbyist who was the head lobbyist for Enron was hired with our taxpayer money to try and spend this office effort to try and get transparency at the Federal Reserve."
The radio interview happened about a month ago, but just started making the media and Capitol Hill rounds last night. Just as Grayson's sexist comments were coming to light, Obama praised him at a Miami fund raiser as an "outstanding" member of Congress. Meanwhile, the civility police over at the Huffington Post had this to say about it:
"Alan Grayson calls a whore a whore-- Beltway whores freak out"
The article is accompanied by this photo composite of Robertson alongside actual, literal prostitute to former Democratic New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Ashley Dupre. Apparently incivility and blatant sexism are applauded on Arianna Huffington's left-leaning site as long as they're employed by a white, male representative who really hates Republicans.
Update: Did I mention Grayson's spokesman was deployed to defend the "whore" comment?
A spokesman to Florida Rep. Alan Grayson is defending the outspoken congressman's recent comment calling an aide to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke a "K Street whore."... Grayson spokesman Todd Jurkowski said the congressman's comments came in response to an attack from Robertson over the his support of a GOP-backed bill to audit the Federal Reserve. "She actually questioned his understanding of the difference between fiscal and monetary policy," he said in a statement to CNN. "She had the audacity to attack a congressman who used to be an economist. She's a career lobbyist who used to work for Enron and advocates for whatever she gets paid to promote." Jurkowski also questioned why the comments are making news a month after the interview aired. "Why is this coming up now? This interview happened weeks ago. This is just another way for the NRCC to attack their number 1 target," he said.
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