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(Site) by Richard Grayson. 2004. Nonfiction. 105 pages.  Richard Grayson is your average Joe who works for a living, enjoys music, and decides to run a write in campaign for Congress against an uncontested, popular incumbent Republican, Ander Crenshaw. Richard has no campaign dollars and no endorsements, but he has balls large enough to fight for what he believes is right and the guts to do something about it. The diary chronicles Grayson’s campaign run from May 7, 2004 to Nov. 3, 2007. Grayson details several interviews he granted, the dealings with obnoxious surveys by nationwide political groups, and the coincidences of several political appointments of Crenshaw’s staff. Along the way, Grayson also dives into the 2000 Presidential election, some personal life stuff, and thoughts on various social issues. 
  Richard Grayson is a Democrat’s Democrat and whether you agree or disagree with his views, you have to admire his running for office against a very strong candidate. Political junkies will enjoy the easy flow of the book and the “normal” account of running for elected office. Republicans will throw their arms up in the air with Grayson’s thoughts, but also gloat in his loathing over what happened with the national and Florida state elections in 2004. Dems will cheer on Grayson and agree 100 percent with his hatred and annoyance with the opposite party. Personally, I enjoyed the read and found it magnificently interesting, but some of his writing is a bit whiney in a sore loser kind of way. Concerning the results of the 2004 national and Florida state elections, Grayson writes “The people have spoken, the subhuman douche bags.” The fairly large text font and paragraph spacing makes for a quick read, but Grayson minces no words and has a lot to offer in the 105 pages. – Denis Sheehan



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