Wonder what you would find if you frisked Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and how he’s spending your tax dollars?
Answer: He’s spending them on his “greatest hits” DVD!
No, he’s not a musician. Unfortunately, it’s a DVD filled with video highlights from his first term in office. Lame, pointless, and pathetic? Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. The Orlando Sentinel reports:
If U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson were a rock star, his latest PR blitz — a DVD sent to tens of thousands of Central Florida residents — would be called Grayson’s Greatest Hits.
The 90-minute disc features video highlights from his first term in office, including one of him grilling Fed Chairman Ben Bernankeand another in which the Orlando Democrat preaches on the need to teach schoolchildren about the U.S. Constitution.
The DVD comes wrapped inside a mailer covered with promotional slogans: “Congressman Alan Grayson, Hard at Work for You,” “He works hard. He pays attention. He gets things done,” and “Video DVD Inside: Watch Congressman Grayson in Action!”
In many ways, it’s the perfect campaign video — with one key difference.
Thanks to perks given to all members of Congress, it’s not Grayson’s campaign but taxpayers who footed the nearly $73,000 bill to produce and mail the DVD to 100,000 homes in Grayson’s district of Lake, Marion, Orange and Osceola counties.
It’s a stunt that drew howls from Republicans, who complained that Grayson was abusing the congressional privilege of franking that allows lawmakers to send taxpayer-paid newsletters and other mail to residents.
“This is an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars, and it goes to show that Alan Grayson is completely out of touch with Central Florida,” said state Rep. Kurt Kelly of Ocala, one of seven Republicans looking to unseat Grayson this fall.
“This is just ridiculous behavior. What congressman would do this in the face of a huge budget deficit?” he asked.
To answer the columnist’s last question, Rep. Alan Grayson… That’s who.
If central Floridians elect this man again, I think we will have to issue straight-jackets for those in his congressional district. The man is a joke and an absolute clown.
Here’s what his “greatest hits” DVD should have included:
Rep. Grayson is a disgrace!