How to Marry Your Way Into the House of Representatives
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How to Marry Your Way Into the House of Representatives

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A Florida woman might have found a new way to get elected to congress: marry the lawmaker you hope to replace.

This weekend Rep. Alan Grayson (D) married Dena Minning who is look to replace him in the race for Florida's 9th Congressional District, the Tampa Bay Times reported. People learned about the nuptials late Monday when Minning, a Democrat, changed her last name on her Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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“My handsome, brilliant, and amazing husband, Alan Grayson!!” Minning said on her Facebook page in the caption of a picture of her and Grayson.

“Rep. Alan Grayson and his wife Dr. Dena Grayson had a small, private wedding ceremony Sunday evening, with friends and family in attendance to celebrate their union, in the Florida beach town where Dena grew up," a Grayson spokeswoman told the newspaper.

Grayson is locked in a tough primary with Rep. Patrick Murphy to replace Marco Rubio (R) in the Senate.

The race has come under greater scrutiny in recent weeks as top Republicans have urged Rubio, who opted out of re-election to pursue the White House, to enter the race before Florida’s June 24 filing deadline in order to help the GOP hold onto its majority.

"I and my colleagues have been trying to convince Sen. Marco Rubio to run again in Florida," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday, adding his voice to a growing chorus that includes presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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"He had indicated he was not going to, but we’re all hoping that he’ll reconsider, because poll data indicates that he is the one who can win for us. He would not only save a terrific senator for the Senate, but help save the majority," according to McConnell.

As for Grayson, hopefully love can be lovelier a second time around. The congressman finalized a highly-messy divorce last year but not before court filings showed that he once tried to have his estranged wife, who he labeled a “gold digger,” criminally charged for using his credit card.

Whether putting a ring on it will help Grayson or his new bride remains to be seen, as Minning herself is in a three-way primary for the open seat.