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Contemplating Alan Grayson’s Political Future . . .

I touched base with my Republican guys who watch House races to get their sense on the suddenly famous Rep. Alan Grayson, who said that Republicans’ plan for the sick was to have them die quickly, followed up with a comparison of our current health-care system to a “holocaust,” and whose staffer just told a constituent that “failure to act is similar to murdering the uninsured.”

The reason you haven’t heard about Grayson’s challenger isn’t that he GOP hasn’t been able to find or recruit a challenger; it’s that they’ve got a small army of potential candidates. “It’s a huge bench; we’ve got people lining up and probably more jumping in,” says one GOP source.

The two biggest names in the large field are former state senator Daniel Webster (no devil jokes) and Orange County mayor Rich Crotty.

While many political observers have compared Grayson to Rep. Joe Wilson (R., S.C.), there’s a key difference: Wilson is from a conservative district, but Grayson is not from a liberal district. It’s a district that Obama won with 52 percent last year, but the district has a Cook Partisan Index of R+2.

And as for the congressman’s influx of funds, Grayson’s net worth is at least $31 million. If Grayson ever loses his seat, it won’t be because he didn’t have enough funds; it will be because he’s become dramatically out of step with his constituents – if, theoretically, they found it tiresome to be represented by the biggest boor in the Democratic caucus.


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