Few people, if anyone, would describe Democrat Alan Grayson as humble — even himself or those who know him best.
Bold, bombastic, sharply intelligent, genuine even. Yes.
But not humble.
He offered a prime example recently, talking about how he believes he’s one of a rare few of the 535 members of Congress who takes the job seriously and actually gets things done and how he now wants to bring that work ethic to the Senate next year.
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“As far as I’m concerned, I’m a professional and I’m surrounded by amateurs” is how the three-term Orlando congressman put it in a recent visit with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board.
“I’m surrounded by people who do nothing, and they have a lot to be humble about. ... I feel like I’ve done a lot of good for a lot of people and I just don’t see a lot of that around me,” Grayson said. “The fact is most people in Congress are posers. If you want me to confess to some humility, I’d say: ‘Humility as compared to them?’ It would seem to me that they’re the ones that have something to answer for, not me.”
Statements like that are routine for the lawyer, former businessman and self-made multimillionaire who emanates self-confidence and calls himself the “congressman with guts.”