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'Stairway to Heaven' meets 'Bridge to Nowhere'

By Aaron Sharockman
Published on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 4:59 p.m.

In what figures to be a highly competitive U.S. House race, incumbent Democrat Alan Grayson is attacking his Republican opponent Daniel Webster for a spiral staircase Webster had constructed while House speaker in 1996.

Grayson labels it the "stairway to nowhere" in a new ad set to music spoofing Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."

What's unintentionally ironic is that the spiral staircase sits in a closet of the Florida House Majority Office, literally headed to nowhere. The upper landing was sealed off and converted into office space.

But that still doesn't mean Grayson is 100 percent right when he claims that when Webster became speaker, "he wasted $32,000 of our money on a spiral staircase for his office." Read our analysis here.

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Names in this article: Alan Grayson, Daniel Webster

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