Direct mail round-up: Alan Grayson helps/hits Republican Todd Long to provide cover for attacks on John Quinones

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Is there an upset brewing in the Republican primary to challenge Democrat Alan Grayson in the 9th congressional district? Aides to establishment pick John Quiñones seem to think so.

They say a flurry of last-minute attack ads — largely funded by Grayson, who’s spent $110,000 on anti- Quiñones TV commercials and more on mailers and radio ads — have turned the GOP primary into a real race, with perennial candidate Todd Long playing the role of dark horse.

The latest development is that House Majority PAC sent the mailer below in an attempt, Republicans say, to provide cover for Grayson’s previous attacks against Quinones.

You’ll be forgiven if you are having trouble keeping up.


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