It’s never good when a wife has to get a restraining order against her husband.
A judge has granted a temporary protective injunction against U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson after his wife filed paperwork accusing the Orlando congressman of shoving and injuring her during an incident this past weekend.
Lolita Grayson’s petition for the injunction, dated Monday, says her husband pushed her against a door, causing her to fall to the ground, during a confrontation Saturday at their home on Oak Park Road near Windermere.
In a statement, Alan Grayson’s press secretary, Lauren Doney, wrote that the allegations “are absolutely false, completely unfounded, and clearly designed to vilify and harm Congressman Grayson.”
“Congressman Grayson firmly denies Ms. Grayson’s frivolous accusations,” the statement said.
The incident comes just less than two months after Lolita Grayson filed a divorce petition stating that their marriage of nearly 24 years was “irretrievably broken.”
Asked about the incident, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Angelo Nieves said in a written response that the agency “is currently conducting a Domestic Violence investigation which is open and active at this point.”
A heavily redacted Sheriff’s Office document released Tuesday identified Lolita Grayson as the victim in the incident and listed the offense under investigation as domestic-violence battery.
Grayson was not arrested in the incident and is not currently facing any criminal charges.
Lolita Grayson is also reported to be petitioning for joint, but primary, custody of the couple’s children.
Grayson is something of an icon to the hardcore liberal elite and online Left. He also is facing a tough re-election fight (as he did — and lost — in 2010) after reclaiming his House seat in 2012.
He seems to only be able to win it on the years of presidential-level turnout.
To quote Erick Erickson — known egomaniac — from a past “Coffee and Markets” podcast, “Tea Party candidate vetting sucks.”
(Ya think Erick? Yet you still push these clowns for three cycles straight, don’t ya?)
Somehow this got missed during the questioning process after he answered “I will do whatever Jim DeMint tells me to…”
U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf posted a collection of gruesome X-ray images of gunshot fatalities and medical injuries to his Facebook page and participated in online commentary layered with macabre jokes and descriptions of carnage.
Wolf, a Johnson County radiologist anchoring a campaign for the Republican nomination with calls for federal heath care reform, said in an interview the medical images were legally uploaded to public social media sites and other online venues for educational purposes. They also served, he said, to demonstrate evil lurking in the world.
However, Wolf and others viewing these Facebook postings relentlessly poked fun at the dead or wounded. The gunshot victim, Wolf joked online, wasn’t going to complain about the awkward positioning of his head for an X-ray. In a separate Facebook comment, Wolf wrote that an X-ray of a man decapitated by gunfire resembled a wounded alien in a “Terminator” film and that the image offered evidence people “find beauty in different things.”
Wolf declined in an interview with The Topeka Capital-Journal to clearly answer questions about whether he continued to place images of deceased people on the Internet. He asked to keep copies of the Facebook posts shown to him, but when denied, he walked away.
“I’m not going to play these kinds of gotcha games,” he said.
An array of professionals involved in medical ethics who viewed the images or were provided a description of the materials made public by Wolf condemned his airing of the information outside confines of a doctor-to-doctor consultation or for the purpose of formal medical research or textbook instruction.
“The dignity and privacy of the individual should be protected,” said John Carney, president of the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Mo. “It doesn’t sound like they’re being protected if they’re, obviously, on Facebook.”
So let me get this right, the Tea Party groups (many of which are nothing more than multimillion dollar front groups when you really break them down) thinks someone like this would be a better option than Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS).
Roberts, by the way, is just shy of 80. If these groups had a brain, they’d just wait for Roberts to either retire in six years or die in office (Last Democrat to win statewide in Kansas was Kathleen Sebelius, who’s a political legacy there…) than embarrass themselves, their groups, or the GOP in general.
Something tells me Dr. Wolf was a personal project of the Ryun Brothers, since it’s right in their backyard. He’s not Matt Bevins in Kentucky, but he’s listed second on the Madison Project’s list of endorsements.
I realize I’m not making many friends in state Tea Party groups by going after Erickson, Senate Conservative Fund, and the Madison Project for the actions of the idiots they find to run for high office. Frankly, I don’t care and if they want to have that debate with me in private, they have my email address.
But if someone doesn’t speak up and call them out for this crap, they’re going to continue to find these people and continue to cost the GOP chances at U.S. Senate seats. What many of these guys are doing doesn’t help conservatism, doesn’t help get ObamaCare repealed any faster, and sure as hell doesn’t end big government in Washington.
In what is likely the clearest indication Democrats realize they have no shot of winning the House this November, 40-year veteran and former chairman of the multiple House committees, Henry Waxman (D-Hollywood) is retiring.
Veteran California Democrat Henry Waxman, whose legislative and political savvy helped remake the American health care system, reveal tobacco’s dangers and expose steroids in baseball, will retire at the end of the 113th Congress.
“I will have completed 40 years in Congress by the end of this year,” Waxman said in an interview with POLITICO in his Capitol Hill office this week. “I think it’s time to let somebody else come in and take on some of these fights.”
Since arriving in the Capitol during the Watergate-era, Waxman’s reach has extended nationally. As the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during the George W. Bush administration, he was a pugnacious partisan who sought to hold the White House accountable. When President Barack Obama was elected, Waxman came out on top of a bitter brawl within the Democratic Caucus when he knocked off Michigan Rep. John Dingell to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he helped craft Obamacare, as well as legislation that sought to drastically slash on carbon emissions.
“I leave with a lot of satisfaction for the accomplishments that I’ve had in my congressional career,” Waxman said in the interview. “And I think it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life.”
Waxman’s retirement is the latest blow to House Democrats, who’ve endured a string of high-profile retirement announcements in recent weeks. Waxman’s seat will likely remain in Democratic control, but taken all together, the departures suggest that party veterans don’t believe their party will take back the House in the fall.
By “high-profile retirement announcements,” Politico is implying California Democrat (and Pelosi confidante) George Miller and Virginia’s Jim Moran. These are high-ranking generals for the minority leader.
Which now raises a question that should be asked: Dems are now looking at their third election in which they’ve lost significantly under Pelosi. Forget talk about a coup against Boehner, how long does she hang onto power?
So it would seem that “Segway Boy,” a.k.a Jeremy Ryan is apparently considering running against 1st District Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville). [Segway] Ryan is said to be doing what his fellow Madison anarchist Arthur Kohl-Riggs, and run as a “true Republican” in a primary.
(Seriously, can someone tell these kids still living in the state capital that they need to stop getting their history lessons from John Nichols?
Anyone with half a brain, and the money to either buy this book or take a course at UW-Madison on Wisconsin’s political history knows that the old “La Follette” or “Progressive” Republicans transformed into the modern Democratic Party of Wisconsin shortly after World War II and the early 50s when they merged with the few remaining people willing to call themselves Democrats like former Gov. Jim Doyle’s father after both Woodrow Wilson and FDR twice declared war on Germany. The “Stalwarts” or “Traditional” Republicans kept the name and the history.
The also never split from the party or came crawling back with the tail between their legs like “Fight Bob’s” sons…)
Well, the “Year-End” campaign finance reports for congressional campaigns are starting to come in — they’re legally due on Friday, the 31st — and [Paul] Ryan’s campaign has had their report in for over a week.
Here’s an image of Congressman Ryan’s summary page.
For those needing an explanation of the above screen captures, Ryan’s campaign pulled in nearly $800,000 in the three-month period from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013; spending about $455,000. Ending cash on hand nearly a year out from Election Day is $3.2 million.
Again, good luck Segway Boy.
[As for Paul Ryan’s Democratic opponent, Kenosha businessman Rob Zerban, has not yet submitted his “Year-End Report.”]
Honestly, I’m not shocked, more surprised it happened now and not around May when the legislative session ends.
Longtime Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, says he will not stand for re-election.
The moderate Republican shared his decision with WISC-TV first.
“It’s better to leave while people want you to stay than the other way around,” said Schultz.
Schultz says he made the decision after listening to his constituents, and discussing it with his wife and family.
He was first elected to the Assembly in 1982, then to the Senate in a special election in 1991.
At his farm near Hillpoint, he recalls telling his wife he wanted to run for office.
“She turns and goes, ‘I always knew you’d do this to me,’” Schultz says with a laugh. “Then she said, ‘Run and get it out of your system.’”
His stock in the capitol has risen and fallen, winning a close race for majority leader of the Senate against Scott Fitzgerald in 2004, losing that seat when Democrats took control in 2006, then becoming a swing vote in that House in the last three years of contentious bills. Schultz says his no vote on Act 10, the collective bargaining bill, was the hardest he made in 30 years.
There’s little doubt that this is caused by the pending challenge Schultz had from state Rep. Howard Marklein (R-Dodgeville). Schultz pretty much makes that more than obvious in his statement on his retirement where he openly states he will not endorse his fellow Republican.
Schultz said he would not endorse fellow Republican state Representative Howard Marklein to succeed him in the senate.
“Howard made it clear in his announcement challenging me that his top two reasons for doing so were my votes on Act 10 and mining,” Schultz said. “It’s pretty difficult to support someone who’s so out of step with the views of my constituents on major issues they care deeply about.”
The bigger question going forward is what do Democrats — who have made targeting the 17th and 19th state Senate seats their top legislative election priority — do with this news. Many have been under the assumption that Schultz was going to ride it out as an Independent, meaning they only needed to win a plurality of votes. While “top of the ticket” has been going Democratic in recent years do to outgrowth from Madison, that has only applied in presidential years.
Also, apparently there aren’t many local Democratic officials in the 17th, so they’re going to have to pick someone out of a crowd or go with one of the defeated ex-state Reps. from 2010…especially since the current talk in Madison is that the Democratic candidate is “weak” and they may go hunting for a new one.
In the end, all the Schultz retirement news does is accelerate a timeline in what was already going to be one of two “Ground Zeroes” in the battle for control of the state senate. That being said, given his stances over the past five years and how he’s openly turned off most conservatives in the state, the only folks openly grieving over this news are the folks at DPI, WEAC, and anyone else in the unionized educational establishment to whom Schultz (usually at the urging of his school superintendent wife) openly served while in office.
Sturgeon Bay will need a new state rep. soon. Gary Bies is hanging it up.
Though there has been some change in voting trends in Door County in recent years, I really don’t see Republicans losing this seat.
Madison… “Tomorrow I will file my Notice of Non-Candidacy to seek an eighth term in the state Assembly.
“I am very grateful to the citizens of the First Assembly District who’ve supported me with their vote to be their Representative for the past 7 terms.
“With your encouragement and prayers we have accomplished many things both large and small to make our state and district a better place to live, work and enjoy. I thank you for the opportunity to have served you for the past 14 years.
“God Bless you, the State of Wisconsin and the United States of America.”
Bies joins Cascade’s Dan LeMahieu as another recent retirement announcement. That seat too, the 58th, will likely stay in Republican hands.
If there’s one “sleeper” Senate race in 2014, it may be in the Old Dominion of Virginia. There, sitting Sen. Mark Warner (D) is seen as very personally popular, but could face a potential tough race because of one issue: ObamaCare.
The Virginia GOP and the National Republican Senatorial Committee appear to have found their guy with former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie who announced his candidacy via a two-minute video. So far, as an opening argument for his candidacy, Gillespie is off to a strong start in a swing state that has been moving to the left in recent elections.
On the plus side for Gillespie — who is also seen as a plausible gubernatorial candidate in 2017 — this race gives him plenty of time to spread his Name ID to voters.
Handicappers such as Charlie Cook currently have Virginia as “Likely D.” That was as of mid-December.
This won’t make friends for Gov. Walker with the gang at RedState, the Madison Project, the Senate Conservative Fund, the national Club for Growth and squawkers like Mark Levin.
That being said, he’s dead on if you want to see Republicans win the Senate in 2014 and utterly paralyze the final two years of Barack Obama’s term in office.
GOV. SCOTT WALKER (R-Wis.): One of the things that I said after the budget compromise is that the people who didn’t like it, who didn’t think it was good enough, the answer is not to take it out on House Republicans or in primaries; the answer is to go to Kentucky, excuse me, it’s to go to Louisiana or go to Arkansas or go to North Carolina and Alaska where there are Senators facing real elections as Democrats. And go and help in those elections and elect new Republicans because a year from now things will be much different if Republicans hold the United States Senate. Don’t focus on the people in office; focus on those who you’d like to replace.
For those completely in the dark as to what’s going on, or privy to it, there are groups (I mentioned many or most above) who feel it is their responsibility to act like Democrats and openly wage unneeded primary fights in states like Kentucky, Texas, Mississippi and others (I’m open to a challenge to Lindsey Graham, just on principle.).
Sadly, all these groups have proven since 2010 is that they appear to have a better track record at getting Democrats elected to the U.S. Senate than the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and it’s their job to get Democrats elected to the Senate. RedState (they deny it now, but it’s in their archives) pretty much gave us Christine O’Donnell in Delaware. The Club for Growth gave us Mourdock in Indiana, and Todd Akin is the orphan no one wants to admit they fathered.
I have nothing against the activist class, but for the love of God, learn some strategy, or at minimum, play more chess. If you want to go after Walker for pretty much speaking the truth about Senate races, fine, but you do so at potentially handing not only Democrats the Wisconsin governorship in 2014 but also possibly the White House in 2016.
Purges are one thing, but frankly, you have to wonder if many of these groups are realizing they are damn close to starting an inquisition / witch hunt with only themselves seeing the “non-believers” and witches.
For the record, I believe the candidacy of Steve Stockman (R-TX) — who might go down in history as the only man to serve one term in office twice in a twenty year time span (1994–1996, 2012–2014) — is a joke and I wish John Cornyn nothing but luck in maiming this idiot come March.
How much of a joke is he? He’s openly taking donations to his campaign in “BitCoin,” the cyber-currency whose value is based pretty much based on whatever the value not held by the Winklevoss Twins.
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) is the outsider’s outsider — what other Texan would spend a freezing New Year’s hundreds of miles away in New York City?
But there he was last night at the launch event for the NYC Bitcoin Center, located just up the street from the New York Stock Exchange.
Stockman’s attendance was a favor to Center founder Nick Spanos, a real estate developer and Bitcoin enthusiast. Spanos helped phone bank on Stockman’s most recent Congressional campaign.
The Center itself is still in something of a planning stage, existing more as a statement about Bitcoin itself, though it plans on hosting a hackathon later this month.
Stockman, a vocal opponent of Fed policy, told Business Insider last night that he wants to promote Bitcoin, whose most fervent evangelists tout as an alternative to fiat currency.
To do so, he is now accepting Bitcoin for his Senate campaign against incumbent John Cornyn.
As of this morning, one BitCoin equates to around $790.