Democrats–who are used to having the media on their side–don’t take well to confrontation.
Former Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) got into a heated exchange with a reporter on Thursday at a Philadelphia event organized by Politico. Grayson threatened to have the reporter arrested and falsely claimed he was assaulted after being asked about domestic abuse allegations against him.
Edward-Isaac Dovere asked the former lawmaker, who is running for congress again, about his ex-wife’s claim that he battered her for two decades, as reported by Politico.
Footage of the encounter showed Grayson refusing to answer the question and attempting to nudge Dovere out of the way.
“You’re getting in my way, my friend,” he said, becoming increasingly frustrated as the reporter followed him. Grayson then claimed “You’re assaulting a member of Congress. You’re pushing me. Have this guy escorted out, please.”
The former congressman asked Dovere, “Do you seriously think that this is the proper way to conduct an interview?”
The reporter responded that the congressional candidate came to Politico’s event, prompting Grayson to reply “My mistake. My mistake, okay? Now people know going forward that simply showing up to a public event means that you can come and hassle me.”
A heated back-and-forth about who pushed whom ensued. Dovere maintained he did not push the former congressman and pointed out that the entire incident was caught on tape.
“Well that’s right and it’s a good thing,” Grayson said. “I’ll be handing it over to the Capitol Police, my friend.”
Dovere made a last question about Grayson’s ex-wife, but received no answer.
“You know, I’m hoping that somebody comes here and arrests you,” the Democrat said as he boarded an elevator. “We’ll see if that happens or not.”
As Politico noted, Grayson snapped at a Tampa Bay Times reporter in 2016 year over a question about potentially violating House ethics rules, calling him a “s**t robot.”
Days later, he used vulgar language to describe his Senate primary opponent Patrick Murphy, prompting to liberal groups to withdraw their endorsement.
Prior to the scuffle with Dovere, Grayson had been chosen by Politifact to serve as a fact-checker.
In response to the incident, the website rescinded its decision.
We sought out a Democrat and Republican to critique our work in order to try to improve the trust and credibility in fact-checking and PolitiFact. It has become clear our choice of Alan Grayson did not meet that threshold to many. pic.twitter.com/uJuoHhiObI
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) February 1, 2018
Even liberal outlets have some standards.