Patrick Murphy on Alan Grayson: “He broke the ethics rules”


U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy says a 74-page report from the Office of Congressional Ethics about rival Alan Grayson boils down to this: “He got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.”

The Office of Congressional Ethics said Tuesday it found “substantial reason to believe” that Grayson ran afoul of rules that forbid Congressmen from running outside businesses, among other issues.

“He broke the law,” Murphy told reporters Wednesday. “He broke ethics rules to make money with an offshore hedge fund. It’s that simple.”

The centrist Murphy and the progressive Grayson are vying for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio. In a strongly worded rebuttal that ran 35 pages, Grayson’s attorney dismissed the Office of Congressional Ethics’ findings as “irreparably tainted,” “warped,” “irresponsible,” “utterly unconscionable,” “ridiculous” and “Kafkaesque.”

Grayson blamed Murphy for ginning up the ethics complaint.

“This has been a giant smokescreen created by a deeply flawed candidate,” Grayson told reporters Tuesday.

Murphy disagreed.

“There is no conspiracy against Alan Grayson,” Murphy said. “This is a very clear example of being caught red-handed.”

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