Report: GOP Candidate Against Grayson Alienating Local Republicans

Republicans could still be having trouble with candidate recruitment against Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), The Hill reports — specifically, from local Republicans who are unhappy with the current de facto frontrunner for the nomination.

Grayson, of course, is the fiery liberal best known for saying the GOP’s health care plan is for sick people to “die quickly,” and who also called former Vice President Dick Cheney a vampire, and referred to a female lobbyist as a “K Street whore.” Although Grayson represents a swing seat, Republicans have had trouble recruiting a top-tier challenger, with many potential recruits shying away.

Into the void has stepped Armando Gutierrez, a 28-year-old real estate developer who has moved to Orlando from Miami, in order to run for the seat. “He’s pissing people off a lot,” said an anonymous local GOP operative. “He’s very pushy and is an unknown commodity, and people are jealously guarding their prerogatives.”

Gutierrez brushed off the criticism. “As long as I keep getting calls and people want to meet me in Central Florida, I’m happy,” said Gutierrez. “As long as that continues to happen, the momentum and the will of the people is going our way.”