Progressive Democrats endorse Alan Grayson in U.S. Senate race
U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, has received the endorsement of Progressive Democrats of America's Florida chapter.
Grayson is running in the Democratic primary against U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's seat. Murphy has the backing of the party establishment and has been far ahead of Grayson in fundraising, but Grayson is banking on support by small donors and progressives.
From the Progressive Democrats' press release:
The group's internal endorsement vote showed that a landslide of its Florida members want to see Alan Grayson in the U.S. Senate. PDA Florida, which campaigns on issues such as protecting Social Security and "Healthcare Not Warfare," is known for its grassroots organizing and field assistance.
"Progressive Democrats of America's Florida Chapter is proud to stand with our Congressman With Guts, and look forward to him fighting for all Floridians as our Senator," said Mike Fox, Florida State Coordinator, Progressive Democrats Of America. "We polled all of our membership statewide, and Alan won a resounding 90 percent of the vote."
The national PDA grew from the presidential campaigns of Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich, who went on to team with various local and national labor, peace and justice groups and activists. The goal was to create a strong Progressive voice that can work both inside and outside of the Democratic Party.
"I am truly honored to have Florida's Progressive Democrats of America stand with me. Its members share my passion to promote peace, health care for all, and bringing an end to economic and social injustice wherever possible," Grayson said. "They not only fight to protect Florida's workers, children and seniors, but they do the vital organizing work that provides the only path to delivering a Democrat into the Senate and White House. I'm proud to have them at my side."