Adam Hasner: Grayson's 'Holocaust' Remarks Outrageous

Monday, 05 Oct 2009 01:22 PM

By Chris Wessling

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Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner is assailing Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson's infamous remark slamming America's healthcare system as a “holocaust” as outrageous and indefensible.

The controversy began when Grayson said on the House floor Sept. 29: "If you get sick, America, the Republican healthcare plan is this: Die quickly. That's right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick."

One day later, Grayson returned to the House floor and pointed to a Harvard study that found 44,000 Americans die annually because they don't have health insurance.

“I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America,” said Grayson, a congressman from Orlando, Fla., the Republicans are targeting in the midterm elections.

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Hasner was incensed, telling Newsmax.TV's Ashley Martella: "It's indefensible. I'm opposed to a government takeover of healthcare. But regardless of your position on America's healthcare system or healthcare reform, to compare our healthcare system to the systematic murdering of 6 million Jews and millions of others is totally outrageous. . . He's not really someone who's interested in solving the problem; he's trying to really create more of this bickering. And more of these types of comments are not helping the debate in Washington.”

Grayson, who is Jewish, wrote an apology letter to the Anti-Defamation League for the holocaust remark.

Hasner, who also is Jewish, said he was just as outraged about Grayson's original comment that Republicans hope the sick die quickly.

Such statements "are divisive, they're distracting, and some of this stuff does come from both sides of the aisle,” he said. “But at the end of the day, what Congressman Grayson has said, which is the comparison of America's healthcare system to the murdering, the barbaric treatment of millions of people who were killed during the Holocaust, is completely outrageous.

“And what bothers me most is the hypocrisy," Hasner said. "If a Republican had made similar types of comparisons, people would be outraged. Democrats would be calling for a public apology. [U.S. Rep.] Debbie Wasserman Schultz [of Florida] and [U.S. Rep.] Robert Wexler [of Florida] would come unglued in situations like this. And so the hypocrisy is something that truly bothers me, as well. Alan Grayson would be best served by simple advice: When you're in a hole, stop digging. And he continues to make the problem worse. And it is just something that has really been outrageous.”

Republican Party leaders believe Grayson's seat is one of the most feasible to flip back to a Republican, but no GOP candidate has emerged yet to run.

“We need to win that seat, and certainly the United States Congress is not somewhere where Alan Grayson needs to be serving the people,” said Hasner, who said he himself isn't quite ready to run for Congress.

“Well, Congress is something that I would definitely consider in the future. I don't know if I would be able to move to Orlando to run against Alan Grayson. But when the opportunity is right at some point in the future, I'm never going to rule out that possibility of running for Congress.”

Other issues Hasner addressed during the interview:

 

  • On the battle for the GOP nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Mel Martinez, between former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist: “I think it's shaping up to be illustrative of the divide in the future of the Republican Party. And I think there are two different camps. There's the camp that I think believes that the future of the Republican Party is to be more moderate, to move to the center, to be more bipartisan. And I think there's the part of the party that I think believes that we need to get back to our conservative principles, that we need to advance the things that made Republicans successful back in the days of Reagan. I belong to that camp, and I'm proud of it.”

     

  • On the scandals surrounding the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now: “Whether ACORN continues to exist after this controversy or not, they may morph, or these same people will morph, into another group. And we need to crack down on the behavior.”

     

  • On the 2010 midterm elections: “If [Republicans are] able to get back the Congress in 2010, I think it will force the Obama administration back somewhat to the center.”

     

  • On the likelihood of a public option as part of any healthcare overhaul: “The only way [the Democrats] can do that is if they ramrod it through and use procedural tactics. And if they use the 'nuclear option,' I believe there is going to be a tremendous revolt here in the country.”

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