Alan Grayson tries to punish political speech with 5 years in federal prison

Alan Grayson, last heard of when he accused Republicans of backing a health care plan that told sick people to die, is at it again:

Not everyone thinks imitation is the best form of flattery.

In fact, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando took such offense at a parody website aimed at unseating him that the freshman Democrat has asked that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder investigate the Lake County activist who started the anti-Grayson website “mycongressmanisnuts.com.”

Specifically, Grayson accuses Republican activist Angie Langley of lying to federal elections. His four-page complaint highlights the fact that the Clermont resident lives outside his district, but that Langley still uses the term “my” in “mycongressmanisnuts.com.”

“Ms. Langley has deliberately masqueraded as a constituent of mine, in order to try to create the false appearance that she speaks for constituents who don’t support me,” writes Grayson. “[She] has chosen a name for her committee that is utterly tasteless and juvenile.”

Grayson’s office did not respond with comment other than to confirm the letter exists — including its request that Langley be fined and “imprisoned for five years.”

You can read the rest here, and learn how Angie was riffing off of Grayson’s own website, and how she was trying to raise funds to oppose him in the next election.

Lincoln said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”  With Grayson, if you substitute “paranoid aggressor who doesn’t understand the First Amendment” in place of the word “fool,” you’ve pretty much nailed the situation.

Hat tip:  Sadie

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  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    The sad fact is that the execrable Congressman may indeed have a point under the “campaign finance reforms” that Congress passed in order to protect their sorry b**ts from effective challenge.
    Who was it that said Congress is the only native criminal class?

  • Gringo

    As Disney World lies within the borders of  Florida’s 8th Congressional District, it might be said that  Representative Grayson is a Dumbocrat.  This is more of the “free speech for me, not for thee” meme of  the “liberal” Democrat. I am reminded of  Speaker of the House Pelosi’s warm response to Code Pink types who interrupted her in a speech in San Francisco, compared with her calling  “unAmerican”  those  demonstrators who did not share her point of  view.

  • Oldflyer

    Fools choose to overlook  that regardless of the district or state that elected them,  the actions of Representatives and Senators affect us all.
    I shoudn’t think Grayson’s action would get very far.  But, you never know these days.
    I became so disgusted with Harkins, when he referred to the impeachment evidence  against Clinton as a pile of dung (to excuse not reading it), that I wrote a letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register.  I asked the people of Iowa why they inflicted the “Dungmeister” on the rest of the country.  I don’t think it was published.
    In that spirit, I have begun to feel real anger when I see an Obama bumper sticker proudly displayed on some idiot’s SUV or Prius.  They have damaged us all through their stupidity, and I am beginning to take it personally.

  • highlander

    Hmmm.  Let’s see.
    Grayson asked Holder to investigate Ms. Langley.  This is, of course, the same Attorney General who refused to prosecute the New Black Panthers, but then it is true that making fun of a Congressman, if he’s a Democrat, really is a much more serious crime than just intimidating a few voters.
    Good to see that we’ve all got our heads screwed on straight here.