Is Alan Grayson having the worst day ever in Florida politics? On Tuesday, POLITICO released a story saying the Florida congressman had allegedly abused his wife for over two decades. Grayson’s wife, Lolita Grayson, told POLITICO she had called the police on her husband a total of four times -- at least two times in Virginia and two more times in Florida.
By the afternoon, liberal groups Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee rescinded their endorsements of Grayson in the Democratic Senate primary for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat, citing the POLITICO article as their reason for severing ties with the Orlando Democrat.
"After today’s revelations of years of police reports about allegations of domestic abuse involving Alan Grayson, we are no longer willing to support and are formally withdrawing our endorsement of him in the race for U.S. Senate," DFA and PCCC leaders said in a joint statement.
The groups asked Grayson to donate their members’ campaign contributions to an Orlando domestic violence charity, but it is unknown whether Grayson has actually done so.
DFA and PCCC also called on Grayson to donate their members' campaign contributions to a domestic violence charity in Orlando.
The groups said this was the first time they had ever retracted an endorsement of a political candidate, but don’t expect them to change their tune and endorse Grayson’s primary rival, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. The statement continued to say "progressives have no great options in the Florida race for Senate."
The retraction of the endorsement comes as a significant blow to Grayson in his fight against Murphy. The two are set to face off in the Democratic primary Aug. 30.
That wasn’t the end of the Grayson drama.
Later Tuesday, he was involved in an altercation with a POLITICO reporter at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
The reporter asked Grayson about the allegations published in the POLITICO report and the situation quickly became tense.
"You’re getting in my way, my friend," Grayson said to the reporter after waving his finger in the reporter’s face. "You’re assaulting a member of Congress. You’re pushing me. Have this guy escorted out, please."
Grayson continued to follow the reporter into the hallway. The reporter continued to ask questions regarding the domestic violence allegations, much to Grayson’s dismay.
“Do you seriously think that this is the proper way to conduct an interview?” Grayson asked. “Now people know going forward that simply showing up to a public event means that you can come and hassle me.”
Grayson said he would hand over footage of the incident to the Capitol police.
“You know, I’m hoping that somebody comes here and arrests you,” he told the reporter.