Incumbent Alan Grayson has conceded to Republican Daniel Webster in the race for the Congressional District 8 seat.
Grayson conceded at his watch party at Slingapour's in downtown Orlando Tuesday night.
Grayson's campaign said they needed a massive Democratic turnout to win, and that simply didn't happen with the weather.
Actually, what Mr. Grayson needed was to get behind the people about two years ago, and start going after the scammers and fraudsters in the banking business back then, keeping it up until now.
If he had, he wouldn't have lost tonight. Every screwed, foreclosed and evicted person in his district was a vote he lost - and he lost it the hard way - by sticking his head in the sand until the 11th hour, then trying to redeem himself on the seminal issue facing both Floridians and the nation - the root cause of our economic mess.
In the interest of full disclosure, I've been talking with his office on a pretty-constant basis since he was elected. His people have been gracious and available - something that few Congressional offices are, including my own.
But that's the office people. It's still the legislator at the end of the day who decides what to take on, what not to take on, and how strongly to push.
There are some issues that, in my opinion, he dropped the ball on badly. Health Care was one of them.
But more importantly, he didn't take up what I believe is the seminal issue - the scams and frauds in the banking system and the damage they have done to Floridians, including his constituents, until he was badly losing, with his first real constructive comment coming on September 30th.
That cost him his seat.
Now the question is this - does Webster's statement mean anything?
"This is a new day for our Country and I am thankful to be a part of it. This is a huge victory for people who are tired of the politics of personal destruction. We ran a positive campaign against a broken system. Now it's time to begin the work of fixing it."
Uh huh. I'll believe that when I see banksters that look like this, and you pressing the issue Mr. Webster - and not until.
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