Alan Grayson, Joe Garcia Targeted by NRCC
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Looking to expand the GOP’s majority in the U.S. House, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) hoped to trip up two Florida Democrats by attacking them on ethics.
The NRCC launched a new website on Wednesday called “Drain the Swamp” which focuses on Democrats who have faced accusations regarding ethics. The name comes from U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C.
“Pelosi’s swamp is overflowing with unethical candidates,” said Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for the NRCC, on Wednesday. “Nancy Pelosi and Democrats are so desperate to regain complete liberal control of Washington, they are backing candidates who have more dirty laundry than the 'Real Housewives.'”
The new site hits Pelosi and 13 other Democrats in Congress including two members of the Florida delegation: U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia and U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson. Garcia is ranked as one of the top Republican targets in November.
“Rep. Joe Garcia continues to be an embarrassment for Florida families as two of his longtime staffers were forced to resign after allegations of absentee voter fraud,” the NRCC noted on the site. “That’s right, Joe Garcia’s ex-chief of staff and ex-communications director allegedly plotted to submit hundreds of fraudulent absentee ballot requests for the 2012 primary.
“Rep. Alan Grayson abused his franked mailing privileges and used taxpayer money to distribute a self-promotional DVD to his constituents,” the NRCC insisted about the Central Florida congressman. “Now, taxpayers will have to pick up the $73,000 tab and be forced to watch Grayson vote in favor of Nancy Pelosi’s toxic liberal agenda. Additionally, Grayson released a fundraising email with a photo of a burning cross and claimed the tea party is ‘no more popular than the Klan.’”
For his part, Garcia attempted to rally supporters behind his campaign on Wednesday, warning them that Republicans will continue to attack him.
“We have six days until the primary,” Garcia emailed supporters on Wednesday. “The minute the primary has been decided, the attacks against me are only going to intensify.
“We’re getting ready for two and a half months of nonstop false and misleading attacks,” Garcia added.
Grayson takes on author Nick Ruiz in the Democratic primary next week. On the Republican side, Navy veteran Jorge Bonilla, Carol Platt from the Osceola County Realtor Association and businessman Peter Vivaldi are battling in the primary.
Five candidates are running for the Republican nomination to challenge Garcia: Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, former Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez, attorney Lorenzo Palomares-Starbuck and former U.S. Rep. David Rivera.
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