First-term Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson has a surprisingly gentle first ad of the general election season. Grayson stands as a defender of public schools in the ad, saying, “My five children go to public school right here in Orlando. I fought for $200 million to save our schools for them, and for us.” Then a chorus of children launch into a chant of “Alan Grayson saved our schools!”

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That gentle ad aside, the at-times bomb-throwing Grayson sent out an email to supporters Thursday morning that could have been straight out of The Onion, comparing his opponent, former Florida State Senate majority leader Dan Webster, to former American statesman Daniel Webster asking “Can’t the Republicans find anyone to run against me who’s alive?”

Grayson gained notoriety — or fame, depending on your viewpoint — for saying on the House floor during the health care reform debate that the Republican health care plan was to “die quickly.”

Grayson’s race is considered a “toss-up” according to the Cook Political Report.

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