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Alan Grayson: House wants opponent's lawsuit dismissed



Rep. Alan Grayson said today that the deputy general counsel for the U.S. House has asked that a campaign rival dismiss a lawsuit over a DVD Grayson mailed to voters at taxpayer expense.

The lawsuit was filed by Todd Long, a Republican in the race to oust the Orlando Democrat. Long filed the lawsuit last week, alleging it was an unconstitutional use of public money. But counsel Kerry W. Kircher has sent a letter to Long stating the complaint "does not appear to be warranted by existing law,” and “is not well-founded.”

Grayson used his "franking" privileges available to members of Congress to send the DVD. Through some construed it as nothing more than an campaign ad, the DVD was approved by a bipartisan franking panel. Grayson notes that the government would have to pay to defend the lawsuit.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:18am]


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