If Marco Rubio wants to deny Zika-infected women the right to abortions, Alan Grayson has a suggestion for him: He should be willing to personally adopt every single baby born with microcephaly.
In an interview Wednesday with New Times, the liberal Orlando congressman blasted the Florida Republican senator’s comment to Politico that although it’s a difficult question, he believes “all human life should be protected by our law,” no matter the circumstances.
“It’s appalling to me to think that he would make those kinds of decisions for other human beings, to basically consign pregnant women to being baby-making machines, followed by 80-year-long caregivers for children with deformed brains,” Grayson said. “It’s not his decision to make.”
One of two leading Democratic candidates vying for the U.S. Senate seat held by Rubio, who made a last-minute decision to seek reelection, Grayson said his potential Republican opponent is “often blinded by ideology.” And he painted a bleak picture of the “clear and present danger” posed by the Zika virus, which has been transmitted in Wynwood.
“We’ll see people getting sick, we’ll see some people die, and we’ll see a very substantial number of Zika babies born who will be handicapped for their entire lives, dependent for their entire lives,” Grayson said, blaming game-playing by Republicans as responsible for Congress’s failure to pass funding to fight the mosquito-borne disease.
Rubio, he said, “doesn’t really understand how utterly immoral it is to try to impose his beliefs on people facing that kind of personal tragedy.”
Grayson sat down with New Times as he nears the end of a heated Democratic primary battle against Jupiter Rep. Patrick Murphy, the candidate favored by the party establishment. Known for his fiery rhetoric, Grayson had no shortage of criticism for Rubio or Murphy.
The race between Grayson and Murphy has seen plenty of mudslinging on both sides, with each candidate saying the other is unfit for office. That lambasting continued during Wednesday’s hourlong interview at a South Florida Starbucks. A sampling of words Grayson called his opponent includes "faker," "liar," and a “cancer on Florida politics” who “bought a seat with Daddy’s money.”
If Murphy wins the primary, Grayson said, he wouldn’t endorse him.
“I’ve never supported a Republican in my life, and I’m not going to start with Patrick Murphy,” he said, citing Murphy’s record of voting with Republicans on several measures, including the “Benghazi witch-hunt.”
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Grayson said that while he cleaned toilets to pay his way at Harvard, fought Iraq War-contractor fraud in court, and established a record of advocating for senior citizens, his opponent partied on his father’s yacht and tried to manufacture accomplishments.
He also said domestic violence allegations leveled by his ex-wife Lolita are part of a “relentless smear campaign by someone who has done nothing.” Murphy backed out of a debate with Grayson after Politico reported that Lolita Grayson “repeatedly went to police with accusations of domestic abuse over a two-decade period,” saying he didn’t want to give him a platform.
Grayson strongly denies the accusations, pointing to video of his ex-wife punching him, a statement from his oldest child saying her father had done nothing wrong, and his oldest children choosing to live with him. Murphy is "exploiting a very bitter, unstable person," he said.
“He's relentlessly attacking me because he has no way to defend his own record,” Grayson said.