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Alan Grayson lacks evidence in attack on Patrick Murphy about All Aboard Florida

U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson dismissed a New York Times story about his hedge fund as "full of s---" in a sit-down with CBS4’s Jim Defede, a reaction so wrong his own campaign corrected him on the facts.

But that wasn’t the only attack in the interview that ran off the rails. Grayson called rival Patrick Murphy a "walking, talking crook" and zeroed in on Murphy’s wealthybusinessman father, another focal point in the race between the two Democratic congressmen running for Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat.

Grayson accused Murphy of flip-flopping on the passenger rail project when it snubbed a bid from builder Thomas P. Murphy Jr., owner of Coastal Construction Group.

Murphy "switched his vote on All Aboard Florida and tried to destroy the program -- the only Democrat in the entire country who voted to destroy the All Aboard Florida program -- because his father tried to get in a bid to build it and was unsuccessful," Grayson said May 15. "So he went from being in favor of the program to being against the program. That’s certainly using your congressional influence. He tried to kill the entire program -- the only Democrat to do so -- because his father didn't get a contract out of it."

Did Murphy really flip-flop on votes for All Aboard Florida after his father’s company lost its bid?

There is no dispute that Murphy initially supported the rail project and later opposed it. There is dispute, however, over why he did it.

Keep reading our fact-check from PolitiFact Florida.

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