Alan Grayson Wants to Be the Only Democrat on Benghazi Committee
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Arguing it’s a partisan witch hunt, liberals and Democrats are pushing U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to name a single member to the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi by naming only a single Democrat to it -- U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.
While the committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is supposed to have seven Republicans and five Democrats, not a single member of the minority party has been named to it. All seven Republicans, including Gowdy, have been named to investigate the September 2012 attacks which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Much of the left has backed the idea. A petition to Pelosi calling on her to name Grayson as the only Democrat on the committee has picked up steam, garnering more than 65,000 signatures in recent days. Liberal pundits at Salon and MSNBC fell in line behind the proposal.
For his part, Grayson is actively campaigning to serve on the committee, including appearing on Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC last week.
“Some Democrats are saying boycott,” Sharpton said. “Others are saying we should go in. There's even a petition to make you, you, the sole Democrat on that committee. Would you be the Republicans worst nightmare if you were the only Democrat on that committee, Congressman Grayson?”
“I would be their worst, worst nightmare,” Grayson answered. “I'd be their worst and last nightmare.”
“Would you do it?” Sharpton asked.
“Absolutely,” Grayson said. “Somebody's got to tell the truth. Somebody's got to tell the truth.”
Grayson has also showcased the petition on his Facebook, thanking supporters on Monday for wanting him to “expose the Republicans’ Tinfoil Hat Commission.”
The Democratic leadership isn’t buying the idea. Pelosi’s chief lieutenant, U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., talked to the Daily Beast earlier this week insisting that having five Democrats on the committee is a far better idea.
“You only have one person while you have seven people over here,” Hoyer told the Daily Beast. “It's not fair and not balanced and would give a skewed perception of what's going on.”
Grayson’s take on the Benghazi committee prompted opposition from the Republicans looking to defeat him in November.
“Mr. Grayson’s recent remarks on (where else?) MSNBC indicate that he is utterly unserious about getting to the truth of what happened on Sept. 11th, 2012,” insisted Navy veteran Jorge Bonilla who is running in the Republican primary. “Instead of spewing partisan chest-puffery about being the GOP’s worst nightmare, Mr. Grayson should devote himself to getting to the bottom of the respective worst nightmares of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty, as well as those of our personnel on the ground on that fateful evening. Given Mr. Grayson’s remarks and his recent mishandling of classified information divulged by Edward Snowden, it is clear that Mr. Grayson is unfit to serve on the Benghazi Select Committee.”
Bonilla will take on Carol Platt from Osceola County Realtors Association and businessman Peter Vivaldi in the August primary.
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