Allen West and Alan Grayson: Florida’s bipartisan contribution to partisanship.

November 1, 2012

Alan Grayson is trying to return to Congress (Evan Vucci/AP)

They’ve never met. They sit at the far opposite ends of the political spectrum. And they are not running against each other. But Rep. Allen B. West (R-Fla.) and former congressman Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) are the very embodiment of the hyperpartisanship that has gripped Washington in recent years, the best example of why it is likely to continue in the next Congress.

Following up on our recent #5in5 trip to Florida, this story running in Friday’s Washington Post examines how the two outspoken lawmakers could spoil any hopes of bipartisan comity on Capitol Hill next year.

Read the full story for a review of what they’ve said and done in the past and how they plan to comport themselves in the new Congress next year.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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