Two of the country’s top progressive organizations, Democracy for America (DFA) and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), are withdrawing endorsements of Alan Grayson for U.S. Senate after new domestic violence allegations. Grayson strongly denies all allegations from his ex-wife. This is the first unendorsement in the history of both DFA and the PCCC.
“After today’s revelations of years of police reports about allegations of domestic abuse involving Alan Grayson, we are no longer willing to support and are formally withdrawing our endorsement of him in the race for U.S. Senate,” the groups said in a joint statement.
“Unfortunately, this deeply disappointing revelation means progressives have no great options in the Florida race for Senate,” the statement, co-signed by DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain and Co-Founders of PCCC Stephanie Taylor and Adam Green.
DFA and the PCCC are calling on Alan Grayson to donate all money donated to his Senate campaign by the two organizations’ members to an Orlando-based organization to help victims of domestic violence.
Politico reported earlier in the day that Grayson’s ex-wife accused him of repeated domestic abuse over two decades. Grayson got into a heated altercation with a Politico reporter at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday when asked questions about the allegations. Grayson accused a reporter of pushing him and threatened to tell police to arrest him.
Grayson is running against Rep. Patrick Murphy in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.