Fla. congressman uses KKK imagery in email

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 2:18 pm | Updated: 6:04 pm, Sun Oct 27, 2013.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Republicans say a fundraising email sent out by Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida that shows a burning cross in the words "Tea Party" is "unacceptable and deplorable."

The email has a photo depicting a burning cross with Ku Klux Klan members in white robes in the background. The words "Tea Party" appear on the image, with the burning cross serving as the letter "T."

The email was sent earlier this week.

Lenny Curry, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, demanded in a statement that state Democrats condemn Grayson for making the comparison between the KKK and the Tea Party.

Grayson said in a statement released Wednesday that Tea Party members have a record of making racist remarks.

Grayson says "if the hood fits, wear it."

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