The outspoken Dem congressman who’s vying for the seat being vacated by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) compared another Republican presidential contender to Miley Cyrus.
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) infamously said during the Obamacare debate that Republicans wanted sick people to “die quickly,” and recently said Planned Parenthood defunding proponents will shepherd in a new wave of deaths.
Grayson is challenging Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) for the Democratic nomination for Rubio’s Senate seat. Murphy defeated incumbent Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) in 2012. On the GOP side, Reps. Ron DeSantis and David Jolly are eyeing Rubio’s seat.
Grayson told MSNBC that what Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) “is saying is Rubio’s done nothing but what Cruz has done is he stopped the president from stopping things.”
“He’s taken credit for stopping the president from stopping your right to get guns. Again, I don’t remember that happening but somehow I missed it,” he said.
Cruz, Grayson said, needs to “grab a hold of one of those basic elements of the Republican electorate.”
“Right now the situation is pretty simple. Right now, Trump has the Tea Party vote. He’s the biggest ticket, if you will. Carson has the religious vote. He talks about God all the time,” he continued. “And I think what Rubio’s trying to do maybe is try to get a hold of the neoconservative foreign policy vote. But what’s happening right now is that they’re arguing over the scraps on the table. Neither one of them seems to be able to get into double digits because neither one of them has latched on to any specific part of the Republican electorate.”
Grayson called Cruz’s nature “incredibly destructive.”
“If you listen to his speeches, he’s really the Miley Cyrus of the Republican Party. You listen to his speech and you feel like you see him twerking every right-winger in sight,” he said.
He also joined Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) call for Rubio to resign even though the Florida Republican has missed far fewer votes than Barack Obama on the campaign trail.
“A lot of us wake up every day simply scratching our heads and wondering, how do I win the next election and keep this job that pays me $174,000 a year?” he said. “And others of us wake up every day and say, there are 700,000 people who are counting on me to do something good for them in their lives, how can I do that? And it’s a big divide.”