Actor Justin Long feels ‘like a douche’ after attacking Florida Republican

Long, best known as the “Mac Guy” from Apple’s successful ad campaign, evidently spotted a mention of Alan Grayson’s political opponent in his Twitter timeline and didn’t take it well. Todd Long (no relation to Justin) is running against Alan “Republicans want you to die quickly” Grayson in Florida’s new 9th congressional district.

Real Clear Politics ranks this race “Likely Dem,” meaning Long’s chances of winning are slim. The NRCC has all but given up on the district.

One-sided race in the 9th Congressional? GOP/tea party star John Long has $83,035. Former Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson: $4,346,254

— William Rufty (@LedgerBill) October 19, 2012

According to Florida blogger Jorge Bonilla, though, Long is currently polling within three points in the Democrat-leaning district.

@doc_0 Doc, can I get you to shine a light on a House race that the .@nrcc gave up on way too early? floridapoliticalpress.com/2012/10/09/tod… #FF #FL9

— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) October 19, 2012

Bonilla links to a Florida Political Press that cites a StPetePolls.org telephone survey showing a very tight race:

According to a StPetePolls.org telephone survey  conducted from October 3rd to October 5th, Grayson is polling at 45%, while Long is at 42.2% with 12.8% undecided in the race (there is a 5.1% margin of error).

If most undecided voters break toward the challenger (as they usually do in races with an incumbent), Grayson could be in trouble.

Nevertheless, Justin couldn’t help but kick Long around. That’s Hollywood civility for you. With those kinds of manners, it’s no wonder he’s such a fan of someone like Grayson. Those two were made for each other.

It’s worth noting that Justin recently made a video for OFA Florida:

Oddly, the subject of douches was never broached.

(Hat tip: Jorge Bonilla)

Correction: An earlier version of this post misinterpreted the poll cited by Jorge Bonilla. This race appears to be close.

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Update: Todd Long responds with class and charm:

@justinlong you can call me a douche & Alan Grayson can call women whores. I’ll focus on fixing America. BTW, big fan! cc @tmz

— Todd Long 4 Congress (@ToddforCongress) October 23, 2012

@bonillajl @twitchyteam @reaganista @rumpfshaker Just responded to him. Big fan of his movies. Shame he is so divisive like Grayson

— Todd Long 4 Congress (@ToddforCongress) October 23, 2012

Justin Long uses the “out of context” defense but acknowledges a “poor choice of words” and now says he feels like a douche:

@toddforcongress thank you for saying that (now I feel like a douche) but u he was responding to Robertson’s having compromised principles

— Justin Long (@justinlong) October 23, 2012

@toddforcongress it was kind of taken out of context but I agree -poor choice of words. Best of luck. #VoteEarly

— Justin Long (@justinlong) October 23, 2012

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Looks like all has been forgiven and forgotten:

@justinlong No hard feelings! We all have our moments. Any new stuff coming up? Just watched After Life couple weeks back. Enjoyed! cc @tmz

— Todd Long 4 Congress (@ToddforCongress) October 23, 2012

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