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Conservative Group Runs TV Ad Applauding Liberal Firebrand

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Alex Pappas Political Reporter

You don’t see this everyday.

The Club for Growth, the conservative organization that promotes fiscal restraint, is running a statewide television ad in Florida praising liberal Democratic firebrand Rep. Alan Grayson.

Grayson is thinking about running for the Senate in the state against fellow Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy.

But Grayson and Murphy have different views on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, a pet issue of the Club.

“Two Florida Democrats in Congress with very different views,” the ad’s narrator says. “Alan Grayson opposes the Export-Import bank, which spends billions of tax dollars on a handful of giant corporations. Patrick Murphy supports the Ex-Im bank, and wants to funnel billions more to corporate fat cats.”

The 30-second ad will begin airing Wednesday on MSNBC and on Florida news outlets.

One could chalk the Club’s efforts up to trying to get Democrats to nominate Grayson, who national party leaders are worried would lose to whomever the Republicans nominate. (National Democrats have already endorsed Murphy in order to try to avoid this scenario.)

But the Club says it’s all about the Export-Import Bank. “That’s why The Club for Growth is urging Florida Democrats to get involved in the fight against cronyism and corruption by calling on their Democrat representatives to join Alan Grayson in opposing Ex-Im,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh.

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