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Grayson apologizes: "K Street whore" remark was "inappropriate"

Orlando Democrat Alan Grayson has apologized for calling an adviser to Fed Chairman Ben Bernake a "K Street whore."

"I offer my sincere apology to Linda Robertson, an adviser to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke," he said in a statement. I did not intend to use a term that is often, and correctly, seen as disrespectful of women. This  characterization of Ms. Robertson, made during a radio interview last month in the context of the debate over whether the Federal Reserve should be independently audited, was inappropriate, and I apologize."

The apology came as the Republican National Committee asked President Barack Obama to distance himself from Grayson, who was at the Miami Beach fundraiser Monday night. A spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee called the apology "insincere," noting it came after a spokesman for Grayson had defended the remark.

"After spending the last 24 hours slandering Linda Robertson and offering varying definitions of 'whore' in a feeble attempt to defend his vile slur, it's quite clear how he feels," said spokesman Andy Sere.

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