Alan Grayson and the War on Woman
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.