Florida state Rep. Kurt Kelly (R) is calling for the House ethics committee to open an official inquiry into whether Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) improperly used his franking privileges in sending a DVD to constituents.
Grayson mailed out a DVD to some 100,000 households in Florida's 8th Congressional District, labeling it an official communication from his office. He paid for the mailing courtesy of his franking privilege, which permits members to mail with taxpayer money.
First reported by the Orlando Sentinel, it's a 90-minute video titled "Getting Things Done for You," and features a highlight reel of sorts from Grayson's first term in the House. See excerpts of the video here.
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"This is an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars, and it goes to show that Alan Grayson is completely out of touch with Central Florida," said state Rep. Kurt Kelly of Ocala, one of seven Republicans looking to unseat Grayson this fall.
"This is just ridiculous behavior. What congressman would do this in the face of a huge budget deficit?" he asked.
Grayson said he doesn't see the video as self-promotional and that its intent was to show residents how the sausage is made in Washington.
"Unless you glom onto C-SPAN, you don't have sense of what congressmen do on a day-to-day basis," Grayson said. "I told people in my district that I would try to be a watchdog, and I think they have a right to know whether I have kept that promise."