Grayson Wins DFA's Grassroots Contest
Former Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, who lost his reelection bid in 2010 but is attempting a comeback in Florida's new 9th Congressional District, is the winner of Democracy for America's Grassroots All-Stars Contest. Grayson beat out liberal activist Norman Solomon, who's running in retiring Rep. Lynn Woolsey's coastal Northern California district, and former astronaut Jose Hernandez, the Democrat running against GOP Rep. Jeff Denham in Central California.
DFA's competition supports a House challenger each cycle. As the winning candidate, Grayson, a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red-to-Blue" program, designating him as a premier recruit in a GOP-controlled district, will get a commitment of both $20,000 in donations from DFA members and volunteer hours in support of his campaign. As the runners-up, Solomon and Hernandez won smaller prizes. From DFA's release:
As a former member of Congress well-known for fiery attacks on Republicans, Grayson surely started out with a serious advantage in name identification, and he pressed it home in DFA's online voting. But one of the other results, Hernandez's third place finish, is also notable. California's redistricting opened a small window for Democrats in the middle of the Golden State's Central Valley, and Hernandez has become a popular Democratic standard bearer there. The DCCC speaks well of all its candidates, but DCCC Chair Steve Israel gushes when Hernandez comes up, and he comes up often.