Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) fired back at Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday for publicly calling on him to drop out of the Florida Senate race in the wake of alleged ethical violations.
Suggesting that Reid “may well prefer corrupt Establishment errand boy” and rival Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), Grayson excoriated the retiring Nevada Senator in an email to Independent Journal Review:
“I'm running against a rigged system and the Washington Establishment, so it's no surprise that its departing figurehead, who failed so badly in the 2014 Senate races, relies on a false and misleading hyped story to try to pressure me out of this race. The reason why he is making such an absurd statement at all is that he knows that I’m well ahead in the polls, and heading for a strong primary victory.”
Grayson continued, referencing his primary opponent's voting record in the House and claiming that Murphy “routinely sells his vote to Wall Street lobbyists.”
While Grayson leveled shots at his rival for the Democratic nomination in Florida, he continued to go after Reid, saying:
“Sen. Reid managed to find a way to lose six out of seven open Senate seats in 2014, and lose six incumbent Democrats when the GOP lost none. Now he is personally attacking the clear choice of Florida Democrats, making the party into a circular firing squad.”
Reid ignited the feud by calling for Grayson's departure from the Senate race over allegations about the Florida Congressman's “morality” about holding stake in hedge funds based in the Cayman Islands.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Reid said such allegations “should disqualify anyone from a seat in the U.S. Senate,” adding:
“Alan Grayson used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds, and he should drop out of the Senate race immediately. His actions aren't just disgraceful to the Democratic Party, they disgrace the halls of Congress.”
On Thursday, the New York Times published emails from staffers demanding he close the hedge fund.
Meanwhile, Grayson is pressing on with the Senate bid, despite being severely out fundraised by Murphy, who is in addition, is racking up endorsements from Floridans and his colleagues on Capitol Hill.
But it appears that Grayson, even in the face of corruption allegations by the Senate's top Democrat, has no intention of backing down.