Alan Grayson floats no Super PAC pledge with Patrick Murphy
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson says he will not “unilaterally disarm” and reject Super PAC support but floated the idea of an agreement with rival Patrick Murphy to do so.
"As much as Rep. Grayson is opposed to unaccountable big money in politics, the reality is that Patrick Murphy will have Super PACs on his side, and we're not going to unilaterally disarm,” spokesman Kevin Franck told the Tampa Bay Times.
“We are open to discussing a mutual agreement similar to Elizabeth Warren's People's Pledge with the Murphy campaign to keep Super PAC's out of the primary.”
Warren and Scott Brown in their 2012 battle agreed to distance themselves from outside support, and when groups did spend on their behalf that candidate had to pay a penalty to a charity. "Your spending will damage the candidate you intend to help,” they wrote in a joint letter.
Grayson this week took a shot at Murphy by highlighting a news story that Murphy had been endorsed by a group that wants to curb outside spending despite Murphy benefitting from Super PACs. Grayson has benefitted from Super PACs in the past.
Murphy’s campaign pushed back against the suggestion of hypocrisy.
"Patrick Murphy has co-sponsored the bill to overturn Citizens United, and is proud to be endorsed by End Citizens United,” spokesman Joshua Karp said. “In the Senate he'll vote to do just that.
“Meanwhile, Alan Grayson has promised to fund his campaign with his vast personal wealth, including his ethically challenged Cayman Island hedge funds. He has accepted the support of the Club For Growth, a right-wing dark money group that wants to privatize Social Security and Medicare. This is not a serious conversation with Alan Grayson."
Grayson, of course, didn't "accept" the Club support and rules prohibit coordination. The Club isn't really on Grayson's side; rather it views him as a weaker general election candidate against preferred GOP candidate Ron DeSantis.