Standing Firm

Grayson Refuses Demand for Apology

It’s Joe Wilson all over again, but this time, the roles are reversed. After Florida’s Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson said the GOP’s health-care plan is for the sick to “die quickly,” Republicans called on Grayson to apologize on the House floor—just as Democrats once called for “You Lie!” heckler Joe Wilson to. Wilson and the GOP rebuffed the demand; likewise, Grayson is now refusing the GOP. “I would like to apologize,” said Grayson. “I would like to apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner.” In an interview, Grayson told reporters: “I’m not taking any of it back. I stand by what I said.” He noted that, unlike Wilson, he did not violate House rules.