US Rep. Alan Grayson's messy split from his wife of 24 years has become even messier: The Florida Democrat now says Lolita Grayson is a bigamist who was still married to another man when they married in 1990 and for years afterward, NBC reports. When Grayson first met her, she "represented herself as single in order to induce Mr. Grayson to marry her," according to court papers filed last week, which include documents showing that Lolita Grayson filed for divorce from the other man in 1994.
The filing also accuses Lolita Grayson of defamation, libel, and slander over an incident last month in which she accused Grayson of domestic violence, only to drop the complaint a week later. Grayson, known as a liberal firebrand, is up for re-election this year and a University of South Florida political scientist says that voters are already so polarized that the bitter divorce is unlikely to have much effect on the race. "The all-out attack is very consistent with his reputation," she tells the Orlando Sentinel. "He has a reputation for pulling out all the stops and going for broke."