Alan Grayson qualifies for U.S. Senate, adding to Democratic Primary field
The return of Alan Grayson. Again.

Alan Grayson
But it's still unclear how aggressive a campaign he will run this year.

It looks like former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson will follow through and run for Senate.

The Orlando Democrat has paid a qualifying fee to appear on the ballot to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott.

The move adds one more prominent name to the Democratic Primary ballot. Grayson qualified the same day as former U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel Powell — who is running with the support of President Joe Biden — and days after aerospace businessman Stanley Campbell made the ballot. Former state House candidate Rod Joseph and former state House Majority Whip Brian Rush have also qualified.

Grayson first filed to run for Senate this election cycle last June. But since the former Congressman never formally launched a campaign or promoted his candidacy on social media, many wondered if a bid would materialize this year or if he maintained candidacy primarily to raise money and pay down debt.

Federal Election Commission records show that as of the end of March, Grayson still had about $333,000 in candidate loans predating this election cycle.

His social media still lists him simply as a former Congressman and author of the book “High Crimes: The Impeachment of Donald Trump.” He has made no mention of his Senate candidacy on his X or Facebook.

Still, he’s a high-profile name that will now appear on the Democratic Primary ballot for U.S. Senate. Once a national darling of progressives, Grayson served two stints in the U.S House representing Central Florida. He served a term from 2009 to 2011 after defeating Republican U.S. Rep. Ric Keller before his own ouster by Republican U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster. He later won a more solidly Democratic district and served from 2013 to 2017.

Instead of seeking re-election in 2016, he ran for U.S. Senate that year but lost to then-U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in the Democratic Primary.

Last election cycle, he explored a bid for U.S. Senate again but ultimately ran for U.S. House, losing in the Democratic Primary to now-U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Ocean Joe

    April 25, 2024 at 5:49 am

    Grayson looks like a longshot, but he would eviscerate Scott in a debate. He can out Trump Trump, and was actually a pretty decent congressman.
    Of course if you want a schill for the ultra wealthy who is willing to screw over the poor and middle class then ‘sunset’ Scott is your man.

    • Don T. Bleefet

      April 28, 2024 at 7:18 pm

      Grayson keeps turning up like a chancre sore inside Florida’s political lip. He is one of those odd cases where the voters know him so well he could never win.

  • It's Complicated

    April 25, 2024 at 11:47 am

    Grayson’s entrance into the race assures the Democratic Party Primary will be entertaining. Looking forward to seeing how many individuals and interest groups he can offend in the process this time around, LOL!

  • tom palmer

    April 29, 2024 at 3:14 pm

    Another circular firing squad for the Democrats.

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