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Florida’s Alan Grayson Says Sarah Palin Instigated Arizona Shootings

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Former Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is accusing Sarah Palin of fueling violence preceding the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson Jan. 8.

“There has been a stream of violence and threats of violence by the right wing against Democrats,” he wrote in an e-mail letter to his supporters titled “Gabby was Right, Palin is Wrong.” “Gabby warned against it, and then became a terrible victim of it. Palin has instigated it, and then tried to pretend that it doesn’t exist.”

In Wednesday’s message, which also appeard on his Facebook page, Grayson writes: “When I opened my web browser yesterday, at, there was Sarah Palin, smiling at me. ‘Oh, God,’ I said to myself, ‘what has she done now?’ The headline was ‘Palin Defends ‘Blood Libel.’That’s interesting, I thought. What else might Palin be defending? Cannibalism, maybe?”

The outspoken Grayson once called Republicans “Nazis” and former Vice President Dick Cheney a vampire. Grayson lost reelection last November to Republican Daniel Webster in a heated race in which Grayson called his opponent a “religious fanatic,” and some pundits said Grayson’s “Taliban Dan” ad, which misconstrued Webster’s words about wives submitting to their husbands, cost him the race. But he also has been touted as a liberal primary challenger to President Barack Obama in 2012.

In his message, Grayson also makes reference to Palin’s appearance on Monday night’s Sean Hannity show on Fox News, calling her remarks “whining” and “disjointed.”

Since the shooting, Palin has gone on the defensive twice. She released a video in which she mourned the shootings and used the controversial phrase “blood libel,” which is sometimes associated with anti-Semitism, in criticizing those who blamed the rhetoric of the political right for the Tucson rampage. On “Hannity” she said she used the term to describe false claims made against outspoken conservatives like herself.

In Grayson’s e-mail letter, he said that on the day before Giffords was shot he received a postcard that said “you better get some personal protection. You could very well be getting your ass kicked soon.” The message also includes a link to donate to his campaign. When clicked, a disclaimer notes that “unless Alan Grayson declares his candidacy for other office, all contributions will be deemed to be for the 2010 congressional campaign or earlier.” The fundraising plea was not noted on his Facebook page.

Written by suziparker1313

March 10, 2011 at 3:18 am

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