Everyone knows Alan Grayson’s opinion of conservatives, and it’s not pretty. Heck, everyone knows Alan Grayson’s opinions about everything, and they’re deeply disturbing. But if Grayson wants to be re-elected this November, he must concern himself with his constituents’ opinion of him. And many are sick of their district being associated with this volatile, boorish, unhinged clown, and they want the sorry freak show to “die quickly.” Electorally speaking, of course.
However, things have been looking better for Grayson since a mysterious third party emerged and began busily recruiting candidates – like Peg Dunmire in Grayson’s race – to don phony Tea Party mantles and waylay enough conservative votes to secure Democrat victories statewide.
“Everyone understands the impact a Tea Party candidate could have in that race,” said Tom Tillison, an activist with the tea-party movement who has no connection to the formal political party. “It’s clear that Peg Dunmire’s candidacy stands to benefit Alan Grayson tremendously.”
Needless to say, Florida conservatives and traditional Tea Party activists are protesting, and their howls have gotten louder since connections surfaced between this new Stepford Tea Party and Grayson himself. An especially blatant example is Grayson’s former pollster, Victoria Torres.
One of Rep. Alan Grayson’s pollsters is running for the state House in Florida as a Tea Party candidate, fueling Republican suspicions that the Democratic Congressman is using to a newly formed third party to boost his own re-election bid.
On Friday, Victoria Torres, 44, of Orlando qualified to run as a Tea Party candidate in state House district 51 in the last hours of the qualifying period.
A call to Torres was returned by Nick Egoroff, communications director for the Florida Tea Party, who described Torres as a “quasi-paralegal assistant who works in a law office.” But apparently, Torres is also a pollster.
According to records from the Florida Department of State office, Torres incorporated Public Opinion Strategies Inc. in December 2008. In the first quarter of this year, Grayson’s campaign made two payments to her firm, totaling $11,000, for polling and survey expenses.
Sounds far-fetched, doesn’t it? Grayson-stein manufacturing fake teabagger zombies to soak up 5 to 7 percent of the conservative vote and secure himself another two years on Capitol Hill? He would have to be nuts.