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Alan Grayson trying to knock out John Quinones



Democratic congressional candidate Alan Grayson has clearly decided he does not want to face Republican John Quinones in the general election. Grayson has spent more than $300,000 on TV and radio ads and five mailers trashing Quinones as a tax-raiser to Republican primary voters.

“Alan Grayson is targeting me with lies and false attacks because he fears facing my conservative message in the general election,” said  Quinones. “These allegations are false and misleading to the voters.  I have a proven record as a conservative, with an endorsement from the NRA and a 100% ProLife rating, and have fought to lower taxes and eliminate impact fees during my tenure at the county commission.”

Quinones, an Osceola County commissioner and former state legislator is in a primary against OsceolaSchool Board Vice Chair Julis Melendez, attorney Todd Long, and businessman Mark Oxner. The 9th Congressional district in the Orlando area leans heavily Democratic, but because roughly one in four voters are Hispanic and because Alan Grayson is Alan Grayson, many Republicans felt a well-known official like Quinones could win.

Check out the end of the TV spot above featuring Quinones in a Pava, a traditional symbol of the Puerto Rican working class, often worn on holidays. Most Puerto Rican voters would recognize the hat, but few of them will be voting in the GOP primary. To the primary voters, Quinones likely looks like a goofball.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 2:42pm]


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