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Dena Grayson makes most of her new last name - with assist from husband Alan Grayson

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and current U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson appears in a new TV ad for his new wife, Dr. Dena Grayson, who is seeking to replace him in Congress this year.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and current U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson appears in a new TV ad for his new wife, Dr. Dena Grayson, who is seeking to replace him in Congress this year.

In her bid to replace her husband in Congress, Dr. Dena Grayson is taking full advantage of the name recognition her new married last name provides in Central Florida.

Grayson has already been featuring her groom, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and current Orlando U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, prominently on her campaign website -- and now he's also helping her out in campaign ads, too.

Alan Grayson provides the voice-over for Dena Grayson's first TV ad, which her U.S. House campaign unveiled today, and Grayson also appears with his wife at the end of it.

For her part, Dena Grayson echoes his talking points and campaign platform, almost verbatim.

On her website, she uses Alan Grayson's Senate campaign pitch of "seniors deserve a raise," and in the ad, Alan Grayson mentions that Dena Grayson wants "to expand Medicare to cover eyes, ears and teeth" -- a nod to his current bill in Congress, the "Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act."

"She’s a doctor who's treated poor people for free and devoted years to developing cures for cancer," Alan Grayson says in the ad narration. "Our political system is sick, but this doctor will make it better."

Here's the ad:

Dena Grayson is a biochemist and medical doctor in her first bid for public office. She wants to replace Alan Grayson in representing the newly-redrawn 9th Congressional District in Central Florida.

The couple wed on May 29 in a private ceremony in Melbourne Beach and hope to become the first husband-wife pair elected to the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House. Both face contested Democratic primaries on Aug. 30.

Dena Grayson's campaign said her first ad is already running in metro Orlando. Online records of the Federal Communications Commission don't yet reflect any ad buys by her campaign.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 11:07am]

    

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