Firebrand Rep. Grayson Calls Ex-Enron Lobbyist ‘K Street Whore’

October 27, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), the firebrand, bomb-throwing freshman Congressman is known for his over-the-top and often entertaining rhetoric, most recently comparing Dick Cheney to a blood-sucking vampire. But a comment he made last month on a radio interview, calling a female lobbyist a “K Street whore,” has drawn bipartisan wrath, with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) even questioning Grayson’s sanity.

Grayson made his controversial comments during an appearance on Alex Jones’ right-wing talk radio show, which were recently uncovered and circulated by the NRCC. Grayson directed his comments towards lobbyist Linda Robertson, an ex-Enron lobbyist and now a lobbyist for the Federal Reserve and assistant to Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Grayson was responding to criticism from Robertson regarding his support of a Republican sponsored bill to audit the Federal Reserve:

Here I am, the only Member of Congress who actually worked as an economist. And she’s, this lobbyist, this K Street whore, is trying to teach me about economics,” said Grayson.

Grayson’s spokesman Todd Jurkowski did not back down from Grayson’s remarks:

“She attacked the Congressman and his efforts to promote a Republican bill to audit the Federal Reserve. She actually questioned his understanding of the difference between fiscal and monetary policy. This is [a] person who used to be the chief lobbyist for Enron attacking the intelligence and motives of a Congressman who used to be an economist,” wrote Jurkowski in an email to the Orlando Sentinel.

Grayon’s Democratic colleagues however, are publicly condemning Grayson’s remark. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) called the comment “inappropriate and unfair” to the female lobbyist.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) questioned Grayson’s mental health saying, “Is this news to you that this guy’s one fry short of a Happy Meal?”

The GOP believe they have something big, and will no doubt make use of Grayson’s inappropriate comments to put pressure on him during the upcoming 2010 elections. The GOP had to search outside of Graysonn’s district to find a Republican willing to run against Grayson, who has become something of a folk hero of late to progressives.

NRCC spokesman Andy Seré released the following statement, employing a bit of overkill in his condemnation of Grayson:

“Alan Grayson is a vile and vulgar man whose behavior brings shame to Central Florida on a near-daily basis. His continued insistence on belittling an accomplished woman with such an insulting remark is final confirmation – as if it was needed – that he has no business near the United States Congress or any other position of public trust.”

Of course, the irony here is comparing a paid shill to a prostitute is not entirely without precedent, but it’s generally not something said out loud by a member of Congress. Rep. Grayson will no doubt, issue some sort of apology soon and get on with his fiery support of health care reform.

Update: Grayson issued an apology:

“I offer my sincere apology to Linda Robertson, an adviser to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. I did not intend to use a term that is often, and correctly, seen as disrespectful of women.

“This characterization of Ms. Robertson, made during a radio interview last month in the context of the debate over whether the Federal Reserve should be independently audited, was inappropriate, and I apologize.”

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    So she’s paid to do someone’s dirty work – lobbying Congress. Had Grayson called a male lobbyist a whore, would we still be getting this kind of bullshit content-free backlash? No. Robertson and the RNCC are shamelessly exploiting her gender to attack Grayson – seems to me that makes her a whore, and the RNCC a pimp.

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