I warned you about Alan Grayson way back in November 2009. Admittedly, I had the distinct advantage of meeting the man and conversing with him, which is how I could tell he wasn’t someone to trust with any kind of progressive banner. But, the point is that I warned you about likely serious and debilitating character defects. It was only a matter of time before these defects either came to light or manifested themselves in some way.
I will reiterate this warning again today. You may vastly prefer Grayson’s politics and style to some of his likely opponents. I could have said the same thing about Anthony Weiner, John Edwards, and Eliot Spitzer. It’s important to have progressive champions who are willing to fight.
However, what you want is a real champion who has the personal integrity to keep the focus on the issues you care about and not hand the gun you get shot with to your enemies.