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Alan Grayson Wants Name In Lights: Proposes Red Neon 'G-R-A-Y-S-O-N' Sign Above Florida Highway

05/27/2010 02:54 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

UPDATED In yet another signal of Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson's larger than life persona -- and his spirit of political protest -- the Florida congressman reportedly has plans in the works to have his name plastered in red neon lights on a massive sign, which he intends to hang above Interstate 4 from a window in his downtown Orlando district office.

The Orlando Sentinel reports on Grayson's request for a "4-foot-high [sign with] red neon letters that would spell out 'G-R-A-Y-S-O-N.'"

According to Grayson, the point of creating the sign is so that his district constituents can spot his hometown headquarters and easily find their way to his offices when they are in need of federal services.

But there's more to the proposal than just visibility. Grayson reportedly has been trying to get approval for a variety of signs at the Lynx office building where his Orlando district office is located for roughly a year, but several of those proposals were rejected, according to the Sentinel:

Lynx's rejection of more-modest illuminated displays outside or on top of its building led to this indoor option, which will cost an estimated $4,000, Grayson said.
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Grayson also questioned why, if Lynx regards its building facade as sacrosanct, an Orlando Magic banner has been hanging from the roof, covering several of his office windows, since NBA playoffs began last month.

(Here's a photo of that Orlando Magic banner.)

According to Grayson, two Republican members of his building's board may be to blame for the repeated rejections of his proposals. Orlando Sentinel blogger Scott Maxwell points out that there are at least two well-known "Grayson-haters" on the Lynx board.

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