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Alan Grayson Gets Into Scuffle with Politico Reporter Asking Questions About Domestic Abuse

Alan Grayson accosts Politico reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere. Image via Twitter.

Former congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) threatened to have a Politico reporter arrested Tuesday, falsely claiming that the reporter assaulted him. A video of the scuffle, which took place in Philadelphia at an event hosted by Politico, tells a very different story, however.

The fracas began when reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere approached Grayson — currently a candidate for the U.S. Congress  — to ask him about allegations of domestic abuse, a story Politico has reported on extensively.

Grayson’s ex-wife has alleged that he battered her over the course of two decades — allegations he strongly denies.

According to Politico, Grayson only provided a comment through his lawyer for its most recent article, which includes “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.

Grayson grew visibly frustrated as Dovere continued to follow him. The exchange came to a head as the Florida congressman alleged that the reporter had assaulted 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,” Grayson said. He continued arguing with Dovere as he waited for an elevator to arrive.

“Do you seriously think that this is the proper way to conduct an interview?” Grayson asked.

The reporter responded that Grayson came to a Politico event so he thought he’d ask him a question.

“My mistake. My mistake, okay?” Grayson heaved. “Now people know going forward that simply showing up to a public event means that you can come and hassle me.”

The two argued about who pushed who, and Dovere informed him that Politico videographers had captured the entire altercation on tape.

“Well that’s right and it’s a good thing,” Grayson said of the video evidence. “I’ll be handing it over to the Capitol Police, my friend.”

Dovere tried one last time to ask Grayson about his ex-wife’s claims, but he refused to answer, suggesting again that the reporter could be arrested.

“You know, I’m hoping that somebody comes here and arrests you,” Grayson said. “We’ll see if that happens or not.”

This isn’t the first time Grayson has engaged in thuggish behavior, Politico points out:

Last year, when asked about his private hedge fund potentially violating House ethics rules, Grayson snapped at a Tampa Bay Times reporter by calling him a “shitting robot.” Days later, he also had a tense exchange with Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Jon Tester in which the congressman used a crude term to describe his Senate race opponent, Rep. Patrick Murphy.

Just as POLITICO posted the video of the exchange, two liberal groups took the rare step of jointly withdrawing their endorsements of Grayson as a result of the POLITICO story concerning the domestic-abuse issues.

“Unfortunately, this deeply disappointing revelation means progressives have no great options in the Florida race for Senate,” Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee said in a written statement.

Earlier Thursday, Politifact proudly announced that along with notoriously anti-Trump Republican David Jolly, Grayson was joining its team of fact-checkers.

“David and Alan are both particularly qualified, we think, to critique the work of PolitiFact, because they’ve been subject to our fact-checks as members of Congress,” wrote PolitiFact’s Aaron Sharockman in a now deleted post.

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