The East Orlando Tea Party announced that it has set a Candidate forum, for the 3 Republicans hoping to knock off Controversial 9th District Congressman Alan Grayson in November.
Marine Vet Jorge Bonilla and Businessman Peter Vivaldi are confirmed to attend. Osceola County Realty Executive Carol Platt has been invited but has not confirmed to participate (if she does, I’ll update).
Grayson has been in the headlines recently over a domestic dispute with his Wife, Lolita Grayson (who he is currently in the process of divorcing). Last weekend the Congressman went to his home and an physical altercation took place between the two. A cell phone video was taken (you can watch that HERE) and a protective injunction was granted for Ms. Grayson.
Friday, it was announced by law enforcement officials that Grayson would not be charged over the incident (that story HERE).
This forum will be a great starting point for these candidates to get the conversation rolling about the issues, and their vision for the district. I’ve watched both Vivaldi and Bonilla give their pitches to groups in the area, often back to back, and engagement between the two in front of one of the region’s toughest audiences should be good. It would also be wise for Platt to accept the invite. I still haven’t seen her in this kind of environment and when you’re looking to challenge this particular incumbent you’d better get as much sparring time as possible.
Grayson himself was actually challenged by his fellow Democrat and Primary Opponent Nicholas Ruiz earlier this month, but did not respond to the invitation (story HERE).
The meeting in on March 18th and begins at 7, at the Eastmonte Civic Center located at 830 Magnolia Drive, Altamonte Springs. The group is encouraging that this information be shared and wants a big audience.