U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson was caught on video threatening to call police on a Politico reporter who was asking him questions about a report where his ex-wife Lolita Grayson says she repeatedly went to law enforcement officials accusing the congressman of alleged domestic abuse over a two-decade period.
Politico released a story earlier today where Lolita Grayson says she called police on her husband at least twice in Virginia and twice in Florida. She provided documents showing she sought medical attention in two incidents, and according to one police report, the congressman allegedly threatened to kill her.
"I want the people to know my story so they know what kind of man Alan Grayson really is," she tells Politico.
Grayson has said in the past that his ex-wife has fabricated these stories to hurt his political career, and on one occasion said she battered him. Their marriage ended in an annulment last year after he accused her of bigamy, and Alan Grayson has since remarried Dena Grayson, who is seeking to replace him in the House as he runs for the Democratic nomination for Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate seat. Through his Orlando lawyer Mark NeJame, the congressman has denied the allegations, calling Lolita Grayson "disturbed."
In a previous political campaign, Grayson accused his opponent Todd Long of being a domestic abuser after going through his divorce file, Politico reports. Long's ex-wife later told the Orlando Sentinel this was false. But Grayson chided the press for not talking about the issue of domestic violence more.
"I'm disgusted that no major media in this town will let people know things that our polling shows they regard as highly relevant," he says, according to Politico.
Grayson was at an event hosted by the media outlet earlier Tuesday when Politico reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere tried to ask him questions about the allegations. Grayson appears to push past Dovere, telling him, "“You’re getting in my way, my friend. You’re assaulting a member of Congress. You’re pushing me! Have this guy escorted out, please."
"You said it was hypocritical in 2012 for the media not to cover these allegations about your opponent," Dovere tells the congressman. "Now you say it's ridiculous to talk about yours?"
After they both accused each other of pushing, Dovere says there's evidence of who started it on video. Grayson tells him, "Well that’s right and it’s a good thing. I’ll be handing it over to the Capitol police, my friend."
After some more arguing, Grayson tells Dovere, "You know, I hope somebody comes here and arrests you." The congressman then leaves the event.
Rep. Alan Grayson shows up to POLITICO event, gets asked about allegations of abusing ex-wife. Video here: pic.twitter.com/UdPjTZsmmg