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Huey Long and Alan Grayson—Separated at Birth

Fiery populist Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida is in the news for reporting death threats and comparing the right wing to Nazis who burned the Reichstag. But another comparison from the 1930s may be more apt, at least visually.

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Fiery populist Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida is in the news for reporting death threats and comparing the right wing to Nazis who burned the Reichstag. But another comparison from the 1930s may be more apt, at least visually. Grayson has taken to wearing orchid-colored shirts like the “Kingfish,” Huey P. Long, the legendary Louisiana populist governor and senator assassinated in 1935. Their tousled black hair and energized expressions make them dead ringers. When Long showed up at Franklin Roosevelt's home in Hyde Park, N.Y., in 1932 wearing a peach-colored shirt like Grayson's (see it in this photo), FDR's mother, Sara, exclaimed, “Who is that ghastly man sitting next to Franklin?”

One big difference: While Long filibustered Social Security in 1935 because it wasn't progressive enough, Grayson supported President Obama's plan for health-care reform. 

A Grayson spokesman, Todd Jurkowski, said his boss is a “big fan” of Huey Long but that dressing like him was “not a conscious decision.”

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