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Rep. Alan Grayson weds the woman who’s seeking his Florida congressional seat

Photo by R. Hickman.
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Changing one’s name to the incumbent’s is one way for a political challenger to gain name recognition — and maybe save money on a few bumper stickers.

The former Dena Minning, the woman running for the seat being vacated by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), did just that, marrying the senatorial candidate in a private ceremony on Sunday. Although it appears the bride had far less political motives: “My handsome, brilliant, and amazing husband, Alan Grayson!!” she wrote on her Facebook page along with a pic of  the smiling couple.

A Grayson spokeswoman said the wedding was a “very small, low-key affair” in Melbourne Beach, Fla., near the bride’s hometown.

The new Mrs. Grayson is a physician and biochemist, and a political newbie who is one of several Democratic candidates vying to replace the congressman, who is running for the Senate seat held by Marco Rubio, who chose not to seek reelection when he was running for president.

If they both win their respective races, the couple would be one of the rare married pairs in Congress — and the first in history to serve simultaneously, but in different chambers, according to the Senate historian’s office.

Grayson’s previous  25-year marriage ended ugly last year, with the congressman accusing his estranged wife of bigamy. The couple finally agreed to an annulment.