Jorge Bonilla, the Florida Republican challenging Democratic representative Alan Grayson in next year’s election, has called on the Democratic House leadership to condemn Grayson’s use of a burning cross in a fundraising e-mail. Bonilla accused his opponent of using the image “to troll for donations.”
In his fundraising e-mail, Grayson used the image of a burning cross to serve as the “T” in “tea party,” likening the group to the Klu Klux Klan. Bonilla accused Grayson of looking to divide Americans rather than unite them, and called the depiction “despicable and needlessly hurtful to the many millions of families that still deal with the wounds of racial prejudice.”
Grayson is seeking reelection after returning to Congress following a one-term absence; he served from 2009 to 2011 before losing in the 2010 midterms.