Groups Unendorse Grayson After Abuse Allegations Surface

Ex-wife claims the Florida Democrat abused her over two decades

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson is the underdog in his Democratic Senate primary against Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two liberal groups are withdrawing their endorsements of Florida Senate candidate Rep. Alan Grayson after his former wife publicly accused the Democrat of domestic abuse over a period of two decades.  

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America also called on Grayson to give the money they donated to his campaign to an Orlando-based organization to help victims of domestic abuse.  

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"Unfortunately, this deeply disappointing revelation means progressives have no great options in the Florida race for Senate,” read a joint statement by PCCC co-founders Stephanie Taylor and Adam Green and DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain.     

Both groups said it was the first time they have ever rescinded an endorsement.  

Grayson is a long shot in the Democratic primary for the Senate seat currently occupied by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. Grayson’s primary opponent is fellow Florida Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy.  

As he enters the final weeks of his primary campaign, allegations of domestic abuse surfaced Tuesday from his former wife, Lolita Grayson. She claims she called the police on her husband at least two times in Virginia and at least two times in Florida and sought medical attention.  

Grayson, through his lawyer, denied ever striking or abusing his ex-wife.  

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