Our own party is spending against us.

Dear Ray,

For the first time in history, the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC founded by Harry Reid’s minions, is spending against a Democrat in a primary. They’re flooding the airwaves with a $1 million dollar ad buy against us in our primary.

This is not the first time that the Democratic party I have been so loyal to for so many years has fought against me. They have dedicated so much of their energy to defeating me this cycle, in hopes of promoting a candidate who maxed out donations to Mitt Romney, of all people, in 2008. A candidate who has accomplished nothing in Congress, except to collect more checks from Wall Street than any other Member of Congress, excluding leading Republicans: Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

I have given this job, and this progressive movement my all. That’s how I have been able to write more bills and pass more amendments than any other Member of Congress, Democrat or Republican. Good, solid progressive legislation — no post office renaming fluff. And I’ve been able to do that while running for the Senate, in this insurgent campaign we began just over a year ago.

Meanwhile, the party has done all it can to keep us down. But every time our campaign gets a small dollar contribution from a teacher, a nurse, a plumber, a bartender, a taxi driver — I am reminded of why now, more than ever, I cannot give up — and we cannot give up. This cause is so important to so many of us. That’s why we invest the blood, sweat, tears, and funds for a shot at winning.

This isn’t about some BS revenge scheme Harry Reid is plotting against me. It’s not about boosting my ego to defeat the Establishment. It’s about the workers across this nation who need a $15 minimum wage — fast food workers, administrative assistants, adjunct professors, and so many more. It’s about the Americans whose jobs are at risk because of the treacherous TPP. It’s about every senior in this country who needs a raise in their Social Security checks, and who needs Medicare expanded to cover their eyes, ears, and teeth. This is about every person in this nation who would benefit from more progressive policies.

No matter how many times they try to defeat us, or tell us that our votes and our voices don’t matter, or that we need to “get in line,” we will rise up. Our cause is too important, and our movement is too big for them to destroy. No matter what they do, we will rise up.

Help us rise up, in spite of the Establishment’s historic ONE MILLION dollar ad buy against us by chipping in $18.81, our average online contribution, now >>

No, I am not the Establishment’s choice for the U.S. Senate. But I’m okay with that, as long as I’m your choice.


Rep. Alan Grayson