NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland–Jorge Bonilla, a Republican candidate challenging Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson (FL), says new allegations that Grayson shoved his wife as part of a bitter divorce spat are “unfortunate” and something voters will “have to weigh when it comes to deciding whether Mr. Grayson is fit for another term in Congress.”
Grayson has firmly denied he shoved his wife, Lolita Grayson. He also released a video of part of the incident in which his wife appears to punch him in the face. A Grayson aide and one of Grayson’s children, both of whom witnessed the altercation, said Grayson did not shove her.
“Let me just say this. I detest domestic violence in all its forms. I think there’s no place for it in civilized society–especially when you’re dealing with kids. With regard to Mr. Grayson’s particular case, it’s going to open up before a judge shortly and at that time they will weigh the facts,” Bonilla told Breitbart News.
“They will weigh the evidence and the judge will ultimately issue a final ruling,” he added. “But it is unfortunate and that is something that the voters of the 9th will have to weigh when it comes to deciding whether Mr. Grayson is fit for another term in Congress.”
Bonilla, a military veteran with Puerto Rican parents, still has a primary race against GOP opponents Carol Platt and Peter Vivaldi to face. Platt has gained the endorsement of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, while Bonilla has picked up an endorsement from Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX). That primary is on August 26.
In a previous campaign, Grayson raised details from a divorce proceeding against a candidate he was running against, the Orlando Sentinel reported.