The campaign arm of the House GOP is crying foul over a Democratic congressman’s attempt to raise money by likening the tea party to the Ku Klux Klan.
Matt Gorman, spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee, said that Florida Rep. Alan Grayson crossed a line this week when he sent out a fundraising that said “the Tea Party is no more popular than the Klan” following the 16-day government shutdown.
The fundraising email also featured the a burning cross, which makes up first letter of the tea party name in the image, and two white hooded figures in the distance.
“Now You Know What the ‘T’ stands for,” the caption says under the image.
“There’s no excuse for the hateful words and imagery used by Congressman Grayson,” Mr. Gorman said in an email. “House Democrats should swiftly and strongly condemn him and return the money he has raised for them. This hate-filled rhetoric has Americans fed up with Washington.”