Grayson: ‘I’d punch back’ if punched in the face

By David Edwards
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:49 EDT
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A member of a conservative media critic has offered $100 to any Republican House member willing to take a swing at Rep. Alan Grayson (R-FL). But the congressman isn’t taking the threat lying down. Grayson said Tuesday that he’s “punch back.”

“I’ll give $100 to first Rep. who punches smary idiot Alan Grayson in nose. He’s a caricature of a congressman,” tweeted Vice President of the Media Research Center Dan Gainor.

Moments later, Gainor clarified that the offer was in jest. “It was a humorous offer. :D Though I’d love to see the video,” he tweeted.

Appearing on MSNBC Tuesday, Grayson appeared to take the threat seriously.

“I think they intimidate people,” Grayson told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. “That’s what the right wing does. They try to instill fear in the other side. Just today somebody tweeted, ‘I’ll give $100 to somebody who punches Alan Grayson in the face.’”

“Do you consider this a promotion of violence?” asked Schultz.

“I do but I just want to let him know I punch back,” replied Grayson.

“If somebody came up to you from this outfit, you’d nail them right back, huh? I knew you were my kind of guy,” said Schultz.

“You should see my reach,” joked Grayson.

This video is from MSNBC’s The Ed Show, broadcast July 20, 2010.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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