- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 28, 2016

Four staffers quit Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s Senate campaign Wednesday amid allegations by his ex-wife that he physically abused her over a two-decade period.

Among those leaving the campaign was Mario Piscatella, Mr. Grayson’s political director, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

“We’re sorry to see our political director and a few of our good field staffers leave the campaign, but our core team remains intact,” campaign manager Michael Ceraso said in a statement confirming the departures. “As in recent weeks and months, we are constantly retooling and adding talent to the campaign, and we’ll continue to do so.”

In a story published Tuesday, Mr. Grayson’s ex-wife, Lolita Grayson, provided Politico with police reports dating from 1994 to 2014, showing she contacted police at least four times with accusations of domestic abuse.

“I want the people to know my story so they know what kind of man Alan Grayson really is,” Ms. Grayson, 56, told Politico in her first public comments on the issue.

Mr. Grayson denied ever beating his ex-wife, calling the allegations “ridiculous,” Politico reported. His campaign said that he is not quitting the race.

After the initial story broke Tuesday, Mr. Grayson was seen at a Democratic National Convention event in a heated exchange with Politico reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere, threatening to call police after the reporter allegedly pushed him.

“You’re getting in my way, my friend! You’re assaulting a member of Congress!” Mr. Grayson shouted at Mr. Dovere. “You pushed me!”

Mr. Dovere replied that it was Mr. Grayson who pushed him.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who last year endorsed Mr. Grayson’s opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy, said Mr. Grayson should quit the race.

“I’ve never thought much about Grayson as a candidate. … And now it’s of course much, much worse. He ought to do the right thing and drop out,” Mr. Schumer told Politico Wednesday in Philadelphia.

“All of these things he has done, this tops the cake,” Mr. Schumer said. “Allegations of abuse and the way he treats it shows you that he is a bully. He sort of gave even more credence to the allegations the way he treated that poor Mr. Isaac Dovere.”

Two liberal groups — Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee — have rescinded endorsements in Mr. Grayson’s Senate primary. Mr. Grayson’s fundraising and mail vendor, Revolution Messaging, also announced it was quitting, Politico reported.

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