Rep. Alan Grayson says he's in no rush to decide about a Senate run, though he's been paying attention to the recruitment effort from progressive Democrats.
"I don’t have any set date for deciding," the Orlando Democrat said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. "I’m waiting and watching as we see what develops with the Republican Senate candidates." Grayson also wants to hear Sen. Marco Rubio's plans a week from today.
Rubio is expected to jump in the race for president but a number of candidates will be listening how strongly he backs up his previously stated commitment not to keep a Senate run as a back-up.
Of the draft Grayson movement, he said: "I’m very grateful. I pay a lot of attention to what like-minded people want. I understand and join in their sense that we need a true Democrat carrying our banner in 2016, someone who has a proven record of fighting for justice, equality, compassion and peace.”
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Grayson isn't commenting publicly on his would-be rival. But he did take a pretty clear shot on Twitter today. ‘You win elections by giving voters a choice, not by pretending to be something you're not,’ – Frank Day. The tweet linked to a story about the recruitment effort.
Murphy today announced that Rep. Frederica Wilson of Miami had endorsed him.
--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times