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Grayson Campaign Needs to Pull False Ad Immediately


It’s not easy for me to criticize a strong progressive like Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), someone who has fought hard for just about everything I believe in (e.g., the Public Option Act). And it’s even more difficult when Grayson’s opponent, Daniel Webster, is about as right-wing as you can get, a true “American Taliban” if there ever was one. Finally, it continues to be the case that I would strongly prefer Grayson to be reelected than Webster to replace him.

Having said all that, however, this is truly egregious, as explained by the non-partisan, respected, Annenberg Public Policy Center.

We thought Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida reached a low point when he falsely accused his opponent of being a draft dodger during the Vietnam War, and of not loving his country. But now Grayson has lowered the bar even further. He’s using edited video to make his rival appear to be saying the opposite of what he really said.

In a new ad, Grayson accuses his Republican opponent Daniel Webster of being a religious fanatic and dubs him “Taliban Dan.” But to make his case, Grayson manipulates a video clip to make it appear Webster was commanding wives to submit to their husbands, quoting a passage in the Bible. Four times, the ad shows Webster saying wives should submit to their husbands. In fact, Webster was cautioning husbands to avoid taking that passage as their own. The unedited quote is: “Don’t pick the ones [Bible verses] that say, ‘She should submit to me.’

Watch the ad, then watch the unedited video (see after the “fold”) and decide for yourself. Here are the comments by Webster, which show that he meant the exact opposite of what Grayson’s ad claims he meant.

So, write a journal. Second, find a verse. I have a verse for my wife, I have verses for my wife. Don’t pick the ones that say, ‘She should submit to me.’ That’s in the Bible, but pick the ones that you’re supposed to do. So instead, ‘love your wife, even as Christ loved the Church and gave himself for it’ as opposed to ‘wives submit to your own husbands.’ She can pray that, if she wants to, but don’t you pray it.

The Grayson campaign needs to pull this ad immediately, if it hasn’t already done so. As much as Daniel Webster is a heinously extreme, right-wing, member of the “American Taliban,” taking his words and editing them to make them mean the exact opposite of what he said is not acceptable. Actually, what it reminds me of is another incident which we progressives rightly decried. In our zeal to win elections, let’s never become like the Andrew Breitbarts of the world.

  • Jim B

    Why should we complain? I am sure you will find more stuff coming from the republicans than what Congressman Grayson’s campaign is doing. Can you tell me how our righteousness is working all over the country. If the polls are to be believed we are not doing too good.

  • NotJohnSMosby

    for turning the tables and using standard Republican tricks against the Republican candidate.  Alan has the right idea – he knows that we’re in an civil war against Republicans and will get nasty to get the desired result in November.  Republicans certainly don’t fight fair, but the public rewards them anyways.  Dems fight fair and lose, and that does us zero good.

  • Jim B

    Dkos says that factcheck.org got it wrong and Grayson did not get it wrong.

  • The Donkey

    Democrats really need to be truth-tellers in these ads, and broadcasters need to reject misleading ads that imploy sleezy tactics like this one.

    I applaud the TV station that rejected the ad about Boucher in the 9th.

    What broadcasters need, especially in the wake of Citizens United, is a voluntary, bipartisan, clearinghouse to quickly fact check political ads before they are run, and a voluntary understanding that they will not run misleading ads.  

  • Fiona Usa

    You leave Alan Grayson alone. He represents a district in Florida and the day one of you busybodies can actually take any part of Florida is the day I want you to open your mouth. Until then, keep it shut.Capiche?