TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democratic leaders want Rep. Alan Grayson to go away. His ex-wife says he's abusive. Ethics questions dog him. Yet the liberal lawmaker is refusing to drop his bid for the U.S. Senate, and could upend the party's hopes that moderate Rep. Patrick Murphy emerges as the nominee against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.
Grayson is counting on the party's most faithful voters to ignore the negative headlines and look at his record of championing liberal values. Murphy, a former Republican who has voted against President Obama on some key issues, now has the backing of President Barack Obama, and has raised far more money than Grayson.
Murphy is now focusing his campaign more on Rubio and less on Grayson.