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Matt Gaetz compared top Florida leaders in history — who were actually respectable

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Rep. Matthew Louis Gaetz, II (R-FL) is the son of Donald J. "Don" Gaetz, the former President of the state Senate.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) made news Thursday when he went after former Vice President Joe Biden’s son for past drug problems. While many families are fighting the drug war, Gaetz family faced a problem when he was pulled over by police just two years before running for office in Florida.

“I don’t want to make light of anybody’s substance abuse issues,” Gaetz said Thursday before making light of the younger Biden’s substance abuse issues.

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Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) said it was the perfect example of the “pot calling the kettle black.”

The Sun Sentinel covered the news back home by comparing Gaetz to the top three craziest Florida elected officials in history.

“Claude Pepper was a farm boy from Alabama by way of Perry, FL” the piece recalled. He was one of many who faced anti-Communist smears during the “Red Scare” of the 1950s. He was smeared as “Red Pepper,” and became “an enduring champion of the elderly.”

The next member they recalled was Tampa’s Sam Gibbons, who impressed President Lyndon Johnson for his role fighting in World War II. LBJ also admired his “political dexterity that LBJ said he could ‘vote Northern and talk Southern.’

“They stood for something greater than themselves,” the piece said of the other Floridians.

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The Sentinel then recalled Charlie Bennett of Jacksonville who was such an absolutist on ethics that he refused to miss a single vote in more than 40 years. Then there was Dante Fascell of Miami, “who shaped foreign policy for a generation and fought for human rights at a time when America still enjoyed worldwide respect. E. Clay Shaw of Fort Lauderdale was a Republican who believed working with Democrats on welfare reform and environmental protection — a bipartisanship role largely gone in today’s Washington.”

Then there’s Gaetz, who opted to yell at television cameras this week instead of defending the president’s effort to bribe Ukraine into announcing an investigation into the Biden famil.

Read the full piece on Gaetz at The Sun Sentinel

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Lindsey Graham keeps begging Fox Views viewers for donations: ‘They’re killing me money-wise’

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Embattled Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham went on Fox News multiple times on Thursday to beg their right-wing audience for campaign donations.

Graham started his day on the Fox News show "Fox and Friends" -- where he begged for money.

“My opponent will raise almost $100 million in the state of South Carolina,” said Graham.

“The most money ever spent in the state on a Senate race was by me in 2014 when I spent $13 million. He raised $6 million from the time Justice Ginsburg passed away, within 72 hours and God bless Justice Ginsburg. We’re celebrating her life. I appreciate waiting ’til Saturday to announce her replacement. But I am being killed financially," he admitted. "This money is because they hate my guts.”

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‘Breonna’s Law’ legislator arrested by Louisville police for first-degree rioting: report

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A spokesman for a police union in Louisville announced on Thursday that the only black woman in the Kentucky legislator had been arrested while protesting the lack of charges for the killing of Breonna Taylor by the Louisville Metro Police Department.

"Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott, author of legislation known as "Breonna’s Law," was arrested with others Thursday evening during protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor," WDRB-TV reports. "Scott, a Louisville Democrat, was among a group of individuals arrested near the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library and First Unitarian Church at the intersection of South Fourth and York streets, according to Tracy Dotson, a spokesman for Louisville Corrections Lodge #77 Fraternal Order of Police union. Scott was charged with first-degree rioting and failure to disperse, Dotson said."

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WATCH: Late-night hosts go off on Trump for ‘chilling’ plan ‘to steal the election’

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Late-night television hosts harshly criticized President Donald Trump for refusing to say there would be a peaceful transition of power if he loses the November election.

"In one of the more chilling moments of his presidency -- and they've been a few -- Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power as Republicans formulated the plan to steal the election through the courts," Seth Meyers explained.

"We're as close as we've ever been to losing our democracy and watching our government transform into an autocratic regime," he continued. "It's happen right in front our eyes right now, you don't need to wait for Trump to roll down Pennsylvania Avenue on a tank in green fatigues with a long chin-beard -- especially since if he did try to grow one he'd probably just look like a very sick chihuahua."

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