07/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Alan Grayson, Liberal Dem, Might Make "Tea Party" Appearance

An aide to U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson said the liberal Orlando Democrat is mulling an appearance next month at a "Tea Party" rally for smaller government -- an unusual stage for a lawmaker who recently introduced legislation to mandate that companies provide paid vacations.

Organizers boast the July 4 event, which will be held at the Amway Arena from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., could be the first time a Democratic member of Congress will appear at a Tea Party, at least in Florida. The grassroots efforts gained fame earlier this year when crowds in cities nationwide joined on April 15 to protest large government spending.

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