Alan Grayson and the War on Woman

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Alan Grayson


Alan Grayson is a Democrat Congressman from Florida.  He has a well earned reputation for being bellicose and very loosely wired.  Apparently this persona is not just for public consumption, as Allahpundit at Hot Air explains:

A perfect opportunity to reprint one of my favorite quotes ever. From a Politico story titled “Alan Grayson goes too far for colleagues” published October 26, 2009:

“Is this news to you that this guy’s one fry short of a Happy Meal?” asked Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)

Anthony Weiner would never steer you wrong, you know.

According to the petition, Lolita Grayson was preparing to take the couple’s two youngest children to a play date when Alan Grayson “showed up, unannounced,” and asked to speak to her inside.

After she refused, retrieved his mail and asked him to leave, Alan Grayson “then deliberately and with force pushed [Lolita Grayson] very hard against the front door, causing [her] to fall to the ground as a result,” the petition states.

She told her husband not to touch her, then pushed him in the face and kneed him in the stomach “in order to protect and defend herself,” before calling 911, her petition says.

As she was talking to the operator, Alan Grayson told his wife, in the presence of their children, that she “would receive nothing” in their divorce and would be left “in the gutter,” the petition states.

Her complaint claims that he’s battered her and their kids “from time to time” in the past and that she fears for her safety. Grayson denies all of it, calling the accusations “frivolous” and his wife’s behavior “erratic.”



A guy as even-tempered and progressive as Grayson is surely innocent of these terrible charges, which probably explains why there’ll be 1/100th as much press interest in this story as there would be if a Republican with a similarly high media profile were accused of the same thing. That must also be why, per Guy Benson, the Sentinel doesn’t mention his party affiliation until the 23rd paragraph of a 25-paragraph story.

Go here to read the rest.  Now to be fair to Grayson, not that he would ever be fair to anyone he opposes, his wife did file for divorce in January.  It is not unheard of, in fact it is not uncommon, for people during a divorce to raise false accusations of physical mistreatment for tactical advantage.  That is an issue for the courts to decide.  I would also note however that I have encountered a fair number of attorneys over the years who, like Grayson, adopt an uber jerk tough guy attitude to get what they want in litigation.  I think such an attitude is usually counterproductive, but it must meet with some success, as it perhaps did for Grayson who got rich as an attorney.  However, I have noted that some attorneys are unable to turn off the uber jerk job attitude once they go home and end up alienating their families.  A high price to pay for any professional success, either in the law or in politics.

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  1. Schadenfreude again. Not as much fun as it used to be. Once again a sad symptom of a sad and sick world in great need of grace.

  2. I was beaten and abused in my former marriage. It is surely not funny. I was physically stronger, but was afraid that he would start on my kids after he beat my three year old with a belt. Why do men do these things? I finally left him, now he is my “friend”. It has been years, to get myself healed and back to finally living the life God wanted me to live. Thank Him that I have my two children. Isn’t it time to get men to release the “tough guy attitude”and let them be human?

  3. I believe these charges 100%. Living in Central Florida Grayson is constantly in the news for boorish behavior. In 2009 he burst into a Perkins restaurant disrupting a meeting some Republicans were having. The whole incident was filmed, he threatened the woman who was filming, caused a disturbance for all the patrons and stormed out. He stated that someone who started a web-site against should be imprisoned for 5 years and took smear politics to lows during his initial run for Congress.

  4. “Isn’t it time to get men to release the “tough guy attitude”and let them be human?”

    Men can be pretty tough and still be gentlemen. The obnoxious behavior of men like Grayson is the opposite of true toughness and courage. The old oath used in the Adventures of Robin Hood film understood the distinction:

    Swear to despoil the rich, only to give to the poor,
    to shelter the old and the helpless,
    to protect all women, rich or poor, Norman or Saxon.
    To swear to fight for a free England,
    to protect her loyally, until the return of
    our king and sovereign Richard the Lion Heart.
    And to swear to fight to the death against our oppressors

  5. A man that would hit a woman is no “tough guy.” He is a pathetic coward.

    Seems as if Grayson would like to resurrect the ancient “rule of thimb.” That’s progressive.

    They (progressives) keep talking about this “War on Women.”

  6. If memory serves, this is the same gold-plated genius who lost a wad of dough (like tens of millions) in a Ponzi scheme last year and another multi-million pile a couple of years before, all while bragging about what a knowledgeable and expert stock manipulator he is.

    The Lord puts people around us who test our patience and our humility. I wonder if they receive “Well done, good and faithful servant” for living up to that task so tremedously . . .

  7. I remember the “calls” in a similar divorce action

    “Did not the Pursuer fall upon her knees, or upon one and which of them…”

  8. T Shaw wrote “Seems as if Grayson would like to resurrect the ancient “rule of thimb.” That’s progressive.“
    In the case of Gordon v Pye, the Scottish judge, Lord Meadowbank asked (one trusts rhetorically) “Would a husband in this country be permitted to keep his wife in an iron cage or beat her with rods of the thickness of a Judge’s finger, because he had married her in England, where it is said this may be done?”

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