Rep. Grayson calls lobbyist 'K street whore' on radio

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is under fire for calling a female lobbyist a "K street whore" in an interview recently aired on the radio.

Speaking on the Alex Jones radio show, Grayson lashed out at Linda Robertson, a lobbyist fighting against Grayson's effort to audit the Federal Reserve.

"This lobbyist, this K Street whore, is trying to teach me about economics," Grayson said, noting that he himself had worked as an economist.


Grayson's spokesman defended the remarks.

"She attacked the congressman and his efforts to promote a Republican bill to audit the Federal Reserve. She actually questioned his understanding of the difference between fiscal and monetary policy," Todd Jurkowski told The Orlando Sentinel. "This is [a] person who used to be the chief lobbyist for Enron attacking the intelligence and motives of a congressman who used to be an economist."

Grayson's comments drew a swift rebuke from Republicans.

"Alan Grayson is a vile and vulgar man whose behavior brings shame to Central Florida on a near-daily basis," said Andy Sere, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC.)

"His continued insistence on belittling an accomplished woman with such an insulting remark is final confirmation — as if it was needed — that he has no business near the United States Congress or any other position of public trust."

Grayson recently made headlines when he said the GOP healthcare plan was for sick people to "die quickly."

The "whore" comment comes about 1:45 into the audio clip below: