The group is the local chapter of Our Revolution, a national group that traces its roots to Democratic U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign operation.
Vincent Polite, who also chairs of Florida Black Progressives, said that the Our Revolution Orlando endorsed Grayson based on his long history of addressing social concerns that are important to progressives.
“Education, wage and employment equality and healthcare access for all are issues that continue to be high impact quality of life issues that affect a large percentage of Floridians from all walks. In Alan Grayson we will have a voice that will return to Washington DC, to bring those issues back to the forefront,” he said.
Grayson held CD 9 for two terms — and the old CD 10 before that — before giving up the seat to run for U.S. Senate in the 2016 cycle. Two months ago he announced that he would again run for CD 9, which is now held by U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, a fellow Democrat.
From day one, the “congressman with guts” has lambasted Soto as an “entirely ineffective” lawmaker while pitching himself as a “progressive warrior” and an effective legislator during his three terms in Congress.
Meanwhile, Soto has castigated Grayson as a “bully” for his brash and often acerbic style — Grayson, after all, is the Congressman who made a name for himself by saying the Republican health care plan was “Don’t get sick,” and if you do, “die quickly.”
The pair are set to square off in two debates, the first on Aug. 2 and the second on Aug. 8. The primary election is Aug. 28.