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February 13, 2016

Alan Grayson Draws GOP Opponent #FL09

Rep. Alan Grayson, the liberal firebrand who won a comeback bid to Congress in 2012, officially has a Republican challenger in Florida’s 9th District.

Jorge Bonilla, a conservative blogger and Navy veteran, announced on Monday that he will challenge Grayson for the 9th District seat.

“The central question of the 2014 election is this,” Bonilla said in a video announcing his candidacy. “Are we the people still capable of self-rule? Or do we abandon the American revolution and concede that a small connected elite from Washington, D.C., and New York is better capable of running our lives than we are ourselves.”

Local lawmakers redrew Florida’s 9th District last cycle to include more Democrats following the decennial redistricting process. President Barack Obama carried the district, located in the Orlando area, with 61 percent.

Grayson, who was ousted from Florida’s 8th District in 2010, was re-elected in 2012 in the 9th District with 63 percent. At the time, Grayson called his victory the biggest comeback in the history of the House.

  • Jim Johnson

    I’m sure that Alan Grayson is up for a campaign against another Republican loser. Don’t know much about this one, but Mr. Grayson is very good at pointing out all the flaws, misunderstanding and selfish greed that are at the core of the typical right-wing reactionary’s delusional belief systems.

  • Joseph Jankovic

    Joe Walsh, Alan West and Michelle Bachmann are gone from DC and that is a good move.
    Now it is time to remove the goofs from the other side of the aisle. I hope Grayson is exorcised from the national scene!

  • Ryan

    Since West isn’t running for anything next year, Florida pretty much has to re-elext Grayson to keep their evident self-imposed quota of at least one abrasive Congressman named Alan in their delegation. (Yes, I know it’s spelled Allen West, but it’s pronounced the same.)

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