Alan Grayson Tried to Have His Wife Arrested for Using His Credit Card

Alan Grayson / AP
May 20, 2015

The bizarre antics of far-left Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.) continue coming to light. Now, Politico reports he tried to have his now-estranged wife criminally charged for buying groceries, gas and car repairs on his credit card:

Grayson’s previously unreported effort to have Lolita Grayson arrested on credit-card fraud charges was revealed in one of her court filings that complained about the wealthy Democrat’s tactics to withhold money from her.

"The Husband has denied the Wife access to marital assets or funds that could be used to pay for attorney’s fees and costs, even going to the extent of filing a criminal complaint against the Wife for her alleged use of a marital credit card account," her attorney said in a successful March 13 motion to compel Grayson to pay up.

In previous court filings and interviews, Lolita Grayson, who’s now on her sixth lawyer, has depicted Grayson as abusive and so tight-fisted that she and their four minor children had to go on food stamps. She said she couldn’t afford to repair a leaky septic tank and broken windows that allowed mold to fester in the family’s Orlando home. Her situation and the corresponding images of the home’s disrepair aired on local TV in October 2014, just before Grayson — a trial lawyer worth about $31 million — won reelection to a third term in the House.

Of his wife, he said "gold diggers gotta dig."

"The wife" evidently used the credit card for what Politico called "typical living expenses," although one wonders how she spent $2,300 on groceries in three weeks:

About the time she was on food stamps and showing reporters the mold in her family home, she had begun using her husband’s Bank of America credit card, which he left behind after he moved out of the family home in December 2013. The $8,695.29 worth of charges Lolita Grayson racked up on the credit card between Sept. 29 and Oct. 20 last year appeared to be for typical living expenses. The largest charge: nearly $5,900 at Universal Service Center, an Orlando auto-repair store. She spent about $2,300 on groceries and related items at Publix, Whole Foods and Wal-Mart. She dropped $270 at gas stations and about $288 at restaurants — from a $104 charge at Bravo Dellagio in Orlando to $17.17 at a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins and $15.40 at Planet Smoothie.

Grayson has his sights on the open 2016 U.S. Senate seat in Florida left by presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), but the tawdry details of this divorce case, including "allegations of bigamy, mistresses, cruelty and a delay caused by a leaky breast implant," are making him more unattractive by the day to party leaders.

Grayson's well-known volatility is also a concern. His fiery temper and vulgar rhetoric toward Republicans are infamous. At one point he compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan and claimed the GOP's health care plan was for sick people to "die quickly."

Grayson is also under fire after a Tampa Bay Times report that he incorporated two hedge funds in the Cayman Islands so investors could avoid taxes, despite his rhetoric against Mitt Romney for doing the same. He called the reporter on the matter a "shitting robot" and the story itself "bullshit" in an expletive-filled rant.

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