Earlier this year, liberal activist Rep. Alan Grayson held a fundraiser for PA-13 candidate, Daylin Leach; now, he is accused of battering his wife.
The incident comes after Lolita Grayson filed a divorce petition, a 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 adamantly denies the accusations.
While the event that Grayson hosted for Leach raised a significant amount of money, none of it was contributed directly by Grayson or from his PAC.
Leach’s campaign manager Aren Platt gave the following statement today:
Daylin has been one of the leading voices in preventing violence against women and he finds the allegations against Congressman Grayson, if they are true, absolutely horrific.
While Congressman Grayson has not contributed to our campaign, if he had, Daylin would have returned the contribution as soon as these allegations were levied against him. Running for public office and holding public office means holding yourself to a higher standard — which is why Daylin would give back the contribution of anyone accused of committing a crime.
Daylin’s record in preventing violence against women is unmatched in Harrisburg. Daylin worked to secure a $10,000 DCED grant for the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County’s legal services program as well as a $25,000 DPW grant for Laurel House, a shelter for women who have been victims of domestic abuse.
In the State Senate he crafted SB75, comprehensive anti-human trafficking legislation that would do more to prevent violence against women than nearly any bill the legislature has considered.
Additionally, he passed a law prohibiting shackling women who are giving birth while incarcerated and is a co-sponsor of a resolution recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness month.
The political rule of guilty-by-association has reared its ugly head once already in the PA-13 Democratic primary as Rep. Brendan Boyle received $10,000 from the Ironworkers 401. The Ironworkers allegedly used extensive intimidation tactics to convince construction contractors to hire unionized workers. Boyle did not return the contribution.
Boyle and and Leach are running against Dr. Valerie Arkoosh and former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies to fill the open seat left by Rep. Allyson Schwartz’s retirement.