Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) got into a tense exchange with a reporter who asked about his ex-wife's allegations of domestic abuse — and the incident is all on video.
Mother Jones reporter Patrick Caldwell captured the moments between Grayson and Politico reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere during an event at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. It shows Grayson confronting Dovere for allegedly pushing the congressman while trying to get a question in. Grayson then said he would notify the federal authorities about the incident.
"I'll be handing it over to the Capitol police, my friend," Grayson is heard saying in the video.
Alan Grayson showed up at a Politico event in Philly...and then threatened to get a Politico reporter arrested pic.twitter.com/COUQX9GQss— Patrick Caldwell (@patcaldwell) July 26, 2016
Dovere, however, tweeted that it was Grayson who pushed him and "a whole lot of other people."
So Grayson just showed up to POLITICO hub and pushed me out of the way repeatedly, threatened to have me arrested for asking him about abuse— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere)July 26, 2016
Grayson also shoved a whole lot of other people out of the way just now to try to dodge questions about police reports of domestic abuse— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) July 26, 2016
"You're going to accuse a reporter of assaulting you for asking you questions?" Dovere said.
"Not for asking questions. For getting in my face and being a fool and pushing me as I was trying to answer it," Grayson responded.
Politico reported last week on Grayson's ex-wife, Lolita Grayson, telling police the congressman domestically abused her more than once and on at least one occasion threatened to kill her. The alleged incidents date back to 1994. However, one was as recent as last year, according to a police report.
Grayson is running for the U.S. Senate in Florida. His campaign has denied the allegations.
Follow the author of this story on Twitter and Facebook: