Rep. Alan Grayson Goes Off On Politico Reporter Who Asked Him About His Alleged Domestic Abuse

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Jul 26, 2016 4:15 PM
Rep. Alan Grayson Goes Off On Politico Reporter Who Asked Him About His Alleged Domestic Abuse

Things got a bit heated between Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere, who asked the Democratic congressman and Florida Senate candidate about the allegations made by his ex-wife that she was the subject of abuse by him for over two decades. Dovere alleges that Grayson pushed him during their exchange. Patrick Caldwell of Mother Jones captured the tension:

“No, you pushed me…no I’m sorry you pushed me” said Grayson. Dovere said that they captured the whole thing on video.

“Well, that’s a good thing. I’ll be handing that over to the Capitol Police, my friend” said an angered Grayson.

Devore asked if Grayson was going to tell the police that he’s accusing a reporter of simply, asking a question.

“No, No—not for asking these questions. For getting in my face and being a fool—and pushing me as I was trying to make this event,” said Grayson. “You know, I’m hoping that somebody comes here and arrests you,” Grayson said.

Politico posted earlier this morning about the domestic abuse allegations made by his now ex-wife:

Rep. Alan Grayson's ex-wife repeatedly went to police with accusations of domestic abuse over a two-decade period, according to documents she has provided to POLITICO, revelations that come as the Florida congressman enters the final weeks of his Democratic primary campaign for Senate.

Lolita Grayson called police on her husband at least two times in Virginia and two more times in Florida, sought medical attention on at least two occasions and said that, in one instance, he had threatened to kill her, according to a police report.

The congressman, who asserted Lolita Grayson battered him in 2014, vehemently denies he engaged in any abuse during their 25-yearmarriage, which ended last year in a bitter annulment that she is now appealing.

The first reported incident described by the documents was in 1994; the final one was in 2014. Lolita Grayson also called Orange County sheriff’s deputies in 2005 to lodge another abuse complaint, but prosecutors filed no charges in that incident or any of the others. Only the 2014 incident has been previously reported.

The Washington Examiner spoke with Dovere, who told them “As the congressman himself said, he attended a public event. He's a public official appearing at a public event. I attempted to ask him questions about the serious allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife."

Last year, Grayson said that his ex-wife was a gold digger.