U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson is putting his Democratic presidential nomination super delegate vote up for a vote.

The Orlando congressman representing Congressional District 9, who is running for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat, used his campaign newsletter to open up an on-line survey link for his supporters today, asking them to weigh in. Supporters are to tell him to pick between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

“Bernie or Hillary? You tell me,” Grayson asks.

“I’m a ‘super delegate.’ In July, at the Democratic Convention, I will be voting for one or the other. I’d like to know which one you think I should vote for, and why.

“Unlike ‘some people,’ I will not be making this decision based on who can host the best fundraiser for me. I will not be making this decision based on what my fat-cat donors tell me, in part because I don’t have any.

“I’ll be making this decision based on what you and your friends tell me. I’m inviting you to vote on this, and give your reasons. Democracy – what a concept!”

The link also leads to a fund raising request.

Grayson has not endorsed in the presidential race. But endorsements in his U.S. Senate Democratic primary race, pitting him against U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter, are rolling out in a very similar pattern to those going to the Democratic presidential nominees: establishment endorsements heading to Clinton and Murphy; progressive-wing endorsements going to Sanders and Grayson.

Grayson has particularly been dissed by the Senate’s Democratic leadership. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee angered him last spring by leaping to Murphy. Last week U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called on Grayson to get out of the Senate campaign. The ill-will is mutual.

Noting the controversy around how some superdelegates are planning to act at the convention, Grayson said that this form of netroots activism could catch on, according to a press release issued today by his campaign.

“It could make one of the least democratic elements of the UnDemocratic Party into something really special – a decision Of the People, By the People and For the People,” he stated in the release.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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