Grayson gets pushback for ‘Taliban Dan’ attack
By Rachel Rose Hartman
U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson has compared Republicans to "Nazis," likened Dick Cheney to a vampire, and stated that Rush Limbaugh was "more lucid when he was a drug addict." So it's no surprise that the Florida Democrat is now lobbing insults at his current Republican challenger, Dan Webster.
But critics say that Grayson's latest ad labeling his opponent "Taliban Dan Webster" not only goes too far, but is misleading.
"Religious fanatics try to take away our freedom in Afghanistan, in Iran and right here in central Florida," the ad's narrator begins. The commercial then plays a clip of Webster stating, "wives submit yourself to your own husband" and "she should submit to me, that's in the Bible."
The ad then outlines several positions it claims Webster holds on issues related to women.
Watch the ad here:
But the full text of Webster's "submit to me" comment shows a much different context.
Webster, the former state Senate majority leader, released a video of his complete comments in which he can be heard stating: "Don't pick the [Bible verses] that say, 'She should submit to me.'"
"Grayson's 'Taliban Dan' ad takes Webster's words out of context, twists meaning," reads a headline in the Orlando Sentinel, one of the congressman's hometown newspapers.
The nonpartisan, nonprofit FactCheck.org wrote of Grayson in its analysis: "He's using edited video to make his rival appear to be saying the opposite of what he really said."
Grayson spokesman Sam Drzymala told FactCheck that "the campaign interpreted Webster's remarks to mean that he believes wives should submit to their husbands."
Really? That's the story you want to stick with? How old are you Sam? Out of High School I'd presume? Oh yes, folks, Alan Grayson may not be mentally competent to serve in our Congress. Be objective. The only conclusion you can come to? Vote Him Out!
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