Sunday, March 22, 2009

Backbencher of the Week

This week's Backbencher of the Week is Rep. Alan Grayson(D-FL-8).  The freshman from Florida is already making a name for himself by pushing corporate and government officials for more transparency over the corporate bailouts.

Rep. Grayson first gained notice as lawyer going after government fraud and abuse in Iraq War contracts.  Grayson then used his work going after fraud as a springboard to launch a campaign for Congress.  In 2008 Grayson defeated Republican incumbent Rep. Ric Keller to become the second Democrat since 1970 to hold this seat.

Rep. Grayson is a member of the House Financial Services Committee .  He has used this seat to demand answers about where the Federal Reserve is spending its money and pressure AIG CEO Edward Liddy to name those responsible for AIG's failure.

We are glad that Rep. Grayson is in congress and he is pushing for more accountability in financial and economic institutions.  For this week we award Rep. Alan Grayson this week's Backbencher of the week.

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