Congressman Alan Grayson is currently in his final weeks serving the people of the 9th Congressional District after coming up short in the Democratic primary for Senate earlier this year. The Progressive Firebrand has been one of the most controversial figures in American politics in recent years and interviewed with OPO Publisher Doug Kaplan to discuss what’s next.
The end of this current chapter of Grayson’s political career could best be scene as a fight against the Democratic establishment, with party leaders endorsing his primary opponent Patrick Murphy and then Senate Leader Harry Reid verbally pulling for his defeat.
“In many cases the party ends up choosing the nominee.” says Grayson That’s really unfortunate, we end up losing a lot of races that we could have won because the party big shots and the D.C polling bureau. Their record is horrible. They seem to be good at only defeating other Democrats instead of Republicans.”
While he won’t be in office when President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office next month, Grayson can applaud the current sentiment against the Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP, which himself a long with many other labor leaders and progressives feel is bad for trade and bad for American jobs. While they come from different economic philosophies, Trump, Grayson, and outsider and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders all oppose the controversial deal.
“It actually costs us more jobs and pushes us further and further into debt.” he says citing a recent trade study. “Uncle Sam becomes Uncle Sucker, because we let them get away by selling their goods to us without insisting they buy goods and services from us.”
Looking into his future, Grayson wants to focus on restoration of rights issues and increasing quality of life issues in African-American communities.
While he’d like a chance to lead the party, he doesn’t see the votes to get the job. Out of the current contenders, he sees Labor Secretary Tom Perez as the more collaborative figure many Democrats could get behind. Grayson also believes Obama will be remembered for the economic recovery.
He’s been out of office once before and is currently filed to run in the 11th district against his former foe, Daniel Webster. He pushes back at any thoughts that he wouldn’t run again.
“You shouldn’t count that. I don’t make these decisions in advance. I don’t speculate” he says.