Earlier today, the Orlando Sentinel (that story HERE) reported that Congressman Alan Graysons‘s wife Lolita, who he is currently divorcing, got a temporary protective injunction granted amidst allegations that he shoved her during a dispute this past weekend. While these are allegations they carry a stigma that will follow the controversial House Representative, all the way to his reelection bid in November.
So what does this mean in the Congressional District 9 race?
It confirms what you and I have known this entire time. Alan Grayson’s worst enemy is Alan Grayson.
Add this to the long list of unforced errors hes already made.
The announcement of his divorce, the scam artist that took 15 mil out of his pocket, the fundraising message comparing the tea party to the Ku Klux Klan. Now this.
Do any of the 3 Republicans currently running against Grayson touch it? Depends.
This is one of those topics that can poison the attacker as much as the target. Its a subject you don’t want coming directly from your candidate because it could turn off the voters if it’s not handled correctly. Best to let the media do it’s job and inform the voters their way.
SuperPacs and other 3rd party organizations? It could be fair game.
There is history though.
You’ll recall Grayson accused his general election opponent of domestic abuse back in 2012 during a tiger bay debate and it played very poorly. He also got in a face to face dispute in a Perkins, after he crashed a Republican Executive Meeting back in 2010, that was a breath away from becoming physical.
So, what it means is that it’s another nasty mark against a controversial elected official, who’s behavior in the media, allows these accusations to hold weight.
Could this be the “Taliban Dan” type of story that puts Grayson’s reelection chances which he once called a “shoo-in” into jeopardy?
Yes. I think so. He can’t keep doing these things. If this story gets nasty, yes. He’s very vulnerable.
These kind of headlines, while personal, are unfortunately relevant. This story will be used against Grayson to hurt him and his campaign.
But beleive me. Grayson wouldn’t hesitate to swing this story against one of his opponents, if the roles were reversed.