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Ad of the day: 'Alan Grayson saved our schools'

Update: 2:54 p.m.

We received the following message from Rep. Alan Grayson on Thursday:


Dear Emi:
Thanks for naming our spot the Ad of the Day. But you ain't seen nothin' yet.
Sincerely,
Congressman Alan Grayson

We and our colleagues over at The Fix will be keeping an eye out.

By Emi Kolawole
This ad from Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is set to a soaring theme as the candidate claims to have saved the schools of his district. The highlight of the ad is a slow crescendo of children chanting, "Alan Grayson saved our schools."

The ad starts with an unidentified woman who says: "They wanted to close our schools. They didn't care what happened to us or our children." The camera then goes to a close-up of a child asking, "Where am I going to go if they close my school?" Back to the mother, who says, "I didn't have an answer for her." Grayson chimes in: "My five children go to public school right here in Orlando. I fought for $200 million to save our schools for them and for all of us." Cue the chanting children and parents.

The ad does not make clear which legislation Grayson is referring to or what group the woman in the ad is referring to when she says, "They wanted to close our schools."

Grayson, one of the more outspoken members of Congress, is in a campaign to defend his 8th district seat against Republican Daniel Webster. The race is considered one to watch.

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Comments

Let the federal goverment give Fla $20 billion dollars to build new Schools at $50 million dollars per school we could build 400 new schools and put thousands of people back to work

Posted by: zbillz | August 31, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes there was talk about closing 8 schools back in May 2010 to save money but the school board decided to delay the decision to close schools until later date. Hillcrest Elementary was to merge with Fern Creek until a new school was built. Is the $200 million for the entire state

Posted by: zbillz | August 31, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

In response to your question, zbillz, "Can someone tell me what school he saved...", Yes, I can tell you. The school is Hillcrest Elementary in Downtown Orlando. It was one of several smaller schools, some of which were most certainly going to be closed because of reckless budget cuts to education by our Republican-controlled State legislature. Unlike his Republican predecessor, Alan Grayson has brought a fair share of our tax money back to our district. When the Federal money came through, the Orange County School Board's deliberation of which of the schools were to be closed was ended, or at least postponed. Alan Grayson did save our school, but not by himself: the woman in the add is a leader in the Hillcrest PTA's fight to keep our children's school open. And the fight will go on until our State legislature fully funds education.

Thanks Alan Grayson!
I'm proud to have you as my Representative!

Posted by: JGSpears | August 31, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I am utterly shocked that anyone likes this complete loon. Everytime I see him in the news, i lose more and more confidence that he is mentally stable. It blows my mind that people like Grayson get elected to public office.

Posted by: J-Mac | August 30, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Can someone tell me what school he saved since no public schools in Central Florida where scheduled to be closed and where did the 200 million come from and is it for the entire state and what is it actually for.

Posted by: zbillz | August 30, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Congressman Grayson is one of the best !

Posted by: wave06 | August 29, 2010 3:15 AM | Report abuse

These right-wing paranoid comments are always a laugh. They're coming to get us! They will take your guns, kill your granny! Black helicopters next!

Posted by: bystander3 | August 27, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I will boycott his speech and let the news stations know why. I can see right through this president of "TRANSPARENCY". He is transparent in his lack to do anything about the invasion of undocumented illegals through our borders, by land and by sea. He sues Arizona for attempting to protect the legal citizens. He bashes the United States to the UN on Human Rights. He takes vacations while many American families are struggling to hold on. Many of them could COULD NOT AFFORD the $4800.00 coat Michelle Obama purchased from a designer in the UK. He invites illegals to come to the US in his speech stating "immigration reform/Amnesty" And to top it off, will allow them to obtain Health Care Reform once he makes them legal citizens. Many want him to stay on permanent vacation. Hope he resigns and saves Americans from the Impeachment process.
http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/obama-hauls-arizona-before-the-un-human-rights-council/?utm_source=Floyd+Reports

Posted by: shirleyannlake | August 27, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Grayson is brilliant.

Posted by: gwcox2 | August 27, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

This man is an embarrassment, and should be voted out.
The only dying is under the awful Obamacare, brought into existence in the dirtiest way by one party, and that is already leading to rationing of care and early deaths.
The great majority of Americans want it repealed.
Also why did Obama spend a distracted year on this Obamacare instead of addressing the economy and jobs? Because he is a far left ideaolog at best, trying to bring down our country from within by destroying our economy at worst.

Posted by: joanz3 | August 27, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

What Grayson didn't tell you when he did his infamous republican health plan stunt is that what the republicans said was in the bill is slowly being revealed to be there. Remember Pelosi saying that they had to pass the bill to know what was in it. Well, the light of day is coming onto that monstrosity and it's ugly.

Posted by: gfafblifr | August 27, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm in Grayson's District and was shocked when he went before the House and said the republicans Health Care Plan was to go home and die. Until I looked into their Plan and found out it was true. This guy has the audacity to tell the truth? No wonder the right hates him and will fund his opponent.

Posted by: tyevanburen | August 27, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm in Grayson's District and was shocked when he went before the House and said the republicans Health Care Plan was to go home and die. Until I looked into their Plan and found out it was true. This guy has the audacity to tell the truth? No wonder the right hates him and will fund his opponent.

Posted by: tyevanburen | August 27, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Alan Grayson should offer a campaign ad with he and Al Franken wearing clown suits. They are both an embarrassment in Washington and in reality belong in the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Maybe Nancy Pelosi could be the ring master announcing their act!

Posted by: mwhoke | August 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Alan Grayson should offer a campaign ad with he and Al Franken wearing clown suits. They are both an embarrassment in Washington and in reality belong in the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Maybe Nancy Pelosi could be the ring master announcing their act!

Posted by: mwhoke | August 26, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Alan Grayson should offer a campaign ad with he and Al Franken wearing clown suits. They are both an embarrassment in Washington and in reality belong in the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Maybe Nancy Pelosi cold be the ring master announcing their act!

Posted by: mwhoke | August 26, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I'd wish he's run for president one day He's got guts and principles. Obama is weak.

Posted by: crrobin | August 26, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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