Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Congressman Alan Grayson is kind of a dick.

Courtesy of Politico:

Rep. Alan Grayson threatened to have a POLITICO reporter arrested Tuesday,alleging that the reporter assaulted him as he attempted to question the congressman about allegations of domestic abuse. 

The Florida Democrat and Senate candidate was on his way out of an event hosted by POLITICO in Philadelphia when reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere approached him to ask about allegations by his ex-wife that he had battered her over the course of two decades. The congressman strongly denied the allegations in the story, first reported by POLITICO on Tuesday, but he only provided a comment through his lawyer for the article, which detailed police and court documents dating back to 1994.

 A video of the exchange shows Grayson refusing to stop to talk to Dovere and appearing to nudge him aside as the congressman made his way towards the elevator.

You know I used to really admire Alan Grayson and featured a number of his House floor speeches here on IM, along with a couple of his zingers directed at the Republicans.

But then I started hearing about his corruption allegations, and by the time that Harry Reid was calling for his resignation, I was pretty much done.

It seems that so many of the people that we admire turn out to have less than admirable qualities in the long run.


  1. Anonymous6:26 AM

    Yes, Grayson is not an honorable man and needs to go away. But, your last statement made me think about just how deserving President Obama is of our respect. For eight years he has earned that respect in all he says and does. His character has never deserved to be questioned. Quite an accomplishment for any one, especially a politician. He has set the bar very high for those who follow.

    1. Anonymous8:59 AM

      Considering how his admin shielded war criminals from prosecution, prosecuted no one for the swamp of fraud and other crimes that Wall St floated on for years, and has killed uncounted innocent civilians with drone strikes - including an attack on a funeral that killed 25 to get the 1 actual target - maybe you should put that halo back in the drawer for now.

  2. Anonymous6:30 AM

    He's always been a jerk and a loose cannon. The fact that he was jerking and loose-cannoning about causes dear to me never made me less wary of him.

    He's also an idiot. Not once but twice he's been bilked of multiple millions in scams a child of 12 could have seen through.

  3. Olivia6:34 AM

    I agree, it is such a shame that talented guys like Grayson and Anthony Weiner, who could accomplish so much, end up shooting themselves down with bad behavior. Such a disappointment.

  4. Anonymous6:48 AM

    The only thing I ever liked about Grayson was that he stood up to asshole repubs with the same level of assholery.

    Guess it's because he was just as big of an asshole.

    1. Anonymous8:02 AM

      I've always liked Grayson too and can't quite get myself on the bandwagon that he abused his wife.

      Seems this type of stuff is being published constantly in our world today to quickly bring someone down (entertainer and politician).

      Since I have little faith in the media - it appears to me that they only reason they go after someone like this is for ratings.

      Our world is a mess brought on by the types of Donald Trump and our media/press. The media/press and cable TV have supported and built the jerk since the very beginning and are still doing it today! MSNBC, CNN and FOX are promoting Trump. Stop watching those channels folks - you'll notice a huge drop in your blood pressure.

      I watch the main newspaper in our city and it is entirely on the Republican side. It bashes Hillary Clinton constantly as it did Bill Clinton today - after his magnificient speech that brought the Democratic Connvention attendees to their feet in support of Hillary!

      You would think that a woman being nominated for the first time to run for POTUS would have garnered photos and headlines in your daily newspaper! Not the case, of course!

      I sincerely love and appreciate ALL the outstanding folks that ARE coming out in support of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic Convention and President Obama speaks today!

      Of course, Don the Con hates it and is still calling her 'crooked Hillary'. I wish she could call him 'limp dick orange man', but they won't stoop to his level!

      Hey, Donald, you small penis man! Bill Clinton has big hands and fingers - something you don't!

  5. Anonymous6:52 AM

    Trump is giving a speech right now and he's out of breath. After so many words he has to take a breath.

    1. Anonymous7:20 AM

      VP Biden was on Morning Joe today. Right after he finished his interview Trump tweets...
      "Our not so bright VP"
      Trump is such a dirt bag!

  6. Chenagrrl7:51 AM

    No matter how fractured Grayson's public service career has become, his private life is not fodder for the pack. If a reporter wants that kind of comment, a phone call is appropriate. Makes me wonder about Politico's ethics.

    1. Anonymous8:25 AM

      Really? You must be joking.

    2. Anonymous8:43 AM

      His private life in toto? Nothing he ever does off the House floor can ever be fairly discussed?

      I don't think you've quite thought this through.

    3. Anonymous10:38 AM

      I don't believe the crap that has been put out about Grayson. It's being done constantly now to run someone into the ground and nothing is every proven, but the media and press sure as Hell will run w/it for ratings!

      Plus, they support Donald Trump who is showing right now that he is buddies w/Putin. He committed treason today and should be shot! His own party isn't even trying to shut the fucker up! Vote ALL Republicans OUT of office in November - that are up for reelection and don't vote for any NEW ones! They are ALL abominable!

    4. Anonymous11:40 AM

      10:38, plus WHO supports Trump? Your ramblings are confused and confusing. If you're trying to argue that "the media" is both working against Grayson and supportive of Trump, let me remind you that most Democrats don't support Grayson either. He has a primary challenger who is not an unstable asshole and has a far better chance of winning the Senate seat than Grayson has.

    5. Chenagrrl2:42 PM

      8:25 and 8:43, I was referring to the question thrown from the pack. It was geared for reaction, not enlightenment. I happen to think that Grayson needs to say something if only that this is a private matter, yada yada.

  7. Anonymous8:10 AM

    Florida-man syndrome.

  8. Anonymous8:12 AM

    While I've enjoyed Grayson's rhetoric in the past, I must admit my opinion of him changed when I heard his partner had made such allegations. That's a red flag for me, especially since he has often mentioned his children and family.

    1. Anonymous3:05 PM

      And she would never lie to get a better settlement in the divorce/annulment proceedings. Or because she was vindictive or anything.

  9. Yeah, because having a reporter arrested worked out so well for Joe Miller . . .

  10. Anonymous9:04 AM

    Politics seems to bring out the absolute WORST in people of the male persuasion.

    1. Anonymous9:49 AM

      Man hater.

    2. fromthediagonal11:04 AM

      I think there may be a different dynamic: both male and female are susceptible to the seductive power of successful domination, and those who have egocentric/ narcissistic traits fall prey to their own mythologies.

  11. Anonymous9:20 AM

    As I understand things Greyson is running against a Wall Street Democrat and is anti Wall Street. The bankers & stock market favoring Dems have been trying to sink his campaign for months. Greyson is more in line with Senator Sanders ideas and is a threat to the status Quo.

    1. Anonymous3:01 PM

      Grayson is running for Senate against a former Republican that still sides with the Republicans on a lot more than Wall St.

      And the Democrats are backing the DINO because he's a moderate and they think he has a better chance of winning.

      Sorry but that is bad policy and it also sucks. (It also proves that the Democratic Party is move farther and farther to the right.)

    2. Anonymous9:26 PM

      The Democrats are backing Murphy because unlike Grayson, he's not mentally ill.

      Murphy is too far to the right for my taste, but I prefer stable and moderate to crazy and progressive.

      Oh, and yeah, Grayson can't win statewide office in Florida, which means something to normal people whose lives are actually affected by these policies. I wish Berners would get educated about the fact that all states aren't alike.

  12. Crystal Sage9:34 AM

    I agree, Gryph. I was an early fan of Grayson. Then I read the reports of domestic violence. This is a major red flag for me and I rethought my support of him. Since then, I have seen him in a different light. He is indeed a dick. His ego is so huge that he did not learn the lesson of losing his congressional seat and then regaining it. Instead of staying in the House and representing his constituents, he has decided to run for Senate, as though nothing ever happened. Then, he puts his new wife up to run in his old seat.

    Seriously, I hope he loses. He is not my kind of Democrat.

    1. Anonymous10:32 AM

      So he is like Bill Clinton when it comes to the personal side of his life eh?

    2. Anonymous1:42 PM

      Bill never beat Hillary! And he wasn't the only President who had a wandering eye. Eisenhower and Roosevelt had mistresses. Kennedy had affairs and Thomas Jefferson had a long sexual relationship with
      his slave.

    3. Anonymous3:04 PM

      His ex-wife "claimed" domestic abuse while they were negotiating a divorce. They finally agreed on an annulment.

      Does no one believe that she may be claiming abuse to leverage what she wants in the divorce? Especially if there was a pre-nup. He's worth over $30 million.

      Just because he "looks" like a wife beater doesn't make him one.

      I think he looks like a "Republican" but he's very left. Which is why the Democratic Party is backing his DINO ex-Republican opponent who still votes with the Republicans. I see Murphy going back to the GOP right after he wins on the coattails of the Democratic Party. (Because they are dumb ass stupid.)

  13. fromthediagonal10:59 AM

    Same heredurung the so-called death panel" debates about implementation of the ACA in 2010. But even then there was something about him that sent out warnings.

  14. Anonymous2:59 PM

    Grayson is an uncouth bulldog with a big mouth.

    But he seems to be working for his constituents, since they re-elected him after he was kicked to the curb for a term. I guess they decided he worked for them after all compared to the other guy.

    He's not everyone's cup of tea but I'd take him over the DINOs, Blue Dogs and wussies that either support the Republicans (Lieberman) or are just plain ineffectual.

  15. Anonymous4:52 PM

    No. He's ok.

  16. Anita Winecooler5:19 PM

    The wife beater is at an event hosted by politico, and was asked his side of the allegations BY thieir reporter, but he was a real jackass, hopped on the elevator before the jumbo shrimp and dogs in blankets ran out. He's like a lite version of Christie, except he doesn't tilt the table while Mary Pat shoves it in with her hands.
    I lost all respect for Greyson after seeing his true self exposed.
    Hope Politico does a massive front page story about his wife's allegations.

    1. Anonymous11:19 PM

      They're allegations?

      So we don't actually know if he beat his wife or she just said that to negotiate a better settlement in the divorce/annulment. (Because no wife has ever lied about that before.)

      What true self was exposed? That he refused to be bullied by some reporters? Because Politico is so fair and balanced.

    2. Anonymous6:13 AM

      I would imagine Anita is referring to all the other jackassery Grayson's committed before this allegation broke. You might want to lose the hilarious hero worship and do a little googling.

  17. Anonymous11:48 PM

    Nobody is infallible.


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