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Matt Gaetz's father accused of calling in favors to keep Florida lawmakers silent about his son's scandals: report
In a deep dive into the influence the father of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has had on his son's political rise, a Florida political operative claimed that "Papa Gaetz" was using his considerable political influence to tamp down criticism of his embattled son.
According to Politico's Gary Fineout, it is no secret in Florida political circles that Sen. Don Gaetz -- known as "Papa Gaetz" -- has used his years lording over and wheeling and dealing in panhandle politics, as well as his substantial wealth, to guide his son -- referred to as "Baby Gaetz" -- into the public eye and Congress.
"Matt Gaetz's political trail was not just preceded but heavily influenced by his father, a Republican multi-millionaire businessman who had a reputation for rhetorical flourishes and drag-out political fights. Don Gaetz all but paved his son's way into Florida's political world, and some suggest that his father's stature and influence is even helping his son as he faces a probe into potential sex trafficking," Fineout wrote.
According to a former lawmaker colleague of the elder Gaetz, the father of the Republican House member has always been a force in the community.
"He was a force of nature," explained former state Senate President Joe Negron, with Fineout reporting, "And Don Gaetz found himself in plenty of battles — and still is today. Last year, he went after a former legislator who once fired his son and who was seeking local office. Don Gaetz clashed enough times with former Gov. Rick Scott — now a senator — that the GOP governor lined up opposition to Don Gaetz's bid to become president of the University of West Florida."
According to one Florida political insider, while Don Gaetz has kept mostly in the background -- for the time being -- as his son is investigated over sex trafficking accusations, he is working behind the scenes to assist his son.
"Don has a lot of power and friends in Florida politics," the political operative said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "There are a lot of people who owe him favors. They are repaying those favors by staying silent about his son."
Ray Sansom, a former northwest Florida legislator, added, "There's obviously people who respect Don. There's obviously people who feel like they have been hurt by him … Don's very rough. If he's against you, he's against you in a very rough way."
You can read more here.
Fox News host Maria Bartiromo and former Trump administration official Stephen Miller worried over the weekend that Democrats will be in charge "forever" if voting rights are expanded or protected.
During an interview on Bartiromo's Sunday morning program, the Fox News host accused social media platforms of inflicting "cancel culture" on conservative voices.
Miller argued that Republicans should pass laws protecting Chrisitians on social media as soon as the party regains control of government.
"Yeah, will Republicans have the chance?" Bartiromo agreed. "That's the whole point of H.R. 1, Nancy Pelosi wanting to put this bill through so that Democrats are in charge forever or certainly decades. Your thoughts on election integrity and that Democrat [sic] H.R. 1 bill."
"It's a real sign of the threat to the health of our democracy," Miller opined. "When democracy faces risk, when democracy is imperilled, what you see happening instead is the party in power tries to change the rules of the game structurally to stay in power."
Miller argued that the voting rights bill is "a very dangerous path to go down."
"H.R. 1 is saying, now that we're in power, let's fundamentally change the rules of how elections are conducted to stay in power," he continued.
"Unbelievable," Bartiromo gasped.
"That's a very scary thing," Miller said. "And so if you care about democracy, you should all say with one voice, no, it is the right of every state in this union to set their own election rules as desired by their own citizens to protect the security and integrity of their own elections. That's fundamental!"
"It's all quite extraordinary," Bartiromo lamented.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Reacting to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) encouraging protesters to stay on the streets and demand justice for Black Americans killed by police, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO accused the Democrat of trying to "incite a riot" which led to a flood of commenters noting her part in the Jan 6th Capitol siege that had lawmakers fleeing for their lives.
According to Boebert, "Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this?"
Twitter commenters were quick to remind Boebert of her tweets on Jan. 6thn that seemed to be directing insurrectionists as to where they could find House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
You can see some comments below:
@laurenboebert Like this? https://t.co/SQeQ3HdSnn— TheAtcoGhost🥶 (@TheAtcoGhost🥶)1618754502.0
@laurenboebert Why did @laurenboebert conspire with the Capitol Rioters by giving them a tour right before the… https://t.co/zGFgwNm90i— GaryAtty (@GaryAtty)1618754956.0
@laurenboebert Hey, Lauren is still tweeting the whereabouts of the members of congress she doesn't like.— Lonely Indiana Democrat (@Lonely Indiana Democrat)1618756596.0
@laurenboebert Difference between a protest and a riot. Hoping DOJ will be informing you soon, Mrs 1776— Lady Liberty says Wear a mask 😷🗽 (@Lady Liberty says Wear a mask 😷🗽)1618755269.0
@laurenboebert Why did you travel from Colorado to Washington D.C. to do the same thing on January 6th of this year… https://t.co/i06N51IDdC— parishkl 🏳️🌈🌊 (@parishkl 🏳️🌈🌊)1618756149.0
@laurenboebert Are you really going to try and use “riot” after what you helped do to the Capitol?? Get real.— Johnny AppleWeed (@Johnny AppleWeed)1618754816.0
@laurenboebert Another on the list of dumb fucking statements that sounded like a good idea in your head but your h… https://t.co/qDcvBoo9Zk— LumberJake (@LumberJake)1618755505.0
@laurenboebert No different than doing it on Twitter, Qbert.— Not SAYN Just SAYN (@Not SAYN Just SAYN)1618756073.0
@laurenboebert Why were you giving rioters the location of Speaker Pelosi on Jan 6, 2021?— Janice ThaBusy Bee (@Janice ThaBusy Bee)1618754629.0
@laurenboebert Says the woman who incited insurrection because her guy lost AND tweeted the location of duly electe… https://t.co/JBwqtU9o8V— DiscordiaIII (@DiscordiaIII)1618754834.0
@laurenboebert Why did Lauren Boebert tweet the location and movements of the Speaker of the House while Lauren's b… https://t.co/quCCAdDmou— Daniel Nicolae Dubei (@Daniel Nicolae Dubei)1618754645.0
@laurenboebert Oh, they're black. Now you're scared.— Rick Riley (@Rick Riley)1618756735.0
@laurenboebert Now do Kyle Rittenhouse https://t.co/1A4YPMWs8C— Shaka Smith (@Shaka Smith)1618755757.0
@laurenboebert Yes... inciting anything isn’t good... right Lauren? We will always remember January 6.— Tammy H (@Tammy H)1618754554.0
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