Grayson may be leaving himself open to some online practical jokers. At the moment I write this, four names are memorialized in the site's rotating list:
â¢ Lassie Martin, 10, Kanab, UT
â¢ Norma Jeane Mortenson, 36, Los Angeles, CA
â¢ Steve Rogers, 90, New York, NY
â¢ Wile E. Coyote, 55, Sedona, Arizona
All four of those names are fraudulent. Lassie Martin is the dog "Lassie," whose owners on the 1950's TV show were called the Martins (and the town of Kanab, Utah, was one of the filming locations). Norma Jeane Mortenson was Marilyn Monroe's real name. Steve Rogers is the fictional Captain America from Marvel Comics, and of course there's Wile E. Coyote.
NRCC spokesman Andy SerÃ© released this statement: "What is wrong with this man? Alan Grayson's morbid exploitation of 'the dead' for personal political gain may be the most shameless stunt he's pulled yet. Once again, he's proved himself to be an abject embarrassment to Central Floridians who want more than a circus clown for a congressman."
Late Update: The automated list of names has been removed from the site. It may be that mourning "Hugh G. Reckshinn," age 44, from Dumas, Texas, was a bit too much for them.