Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has yet to be indicted for sex trafficking or possible campaign finance shenanigans but that hasn't stopped fellow Republicans in the Sunshine State from casting a covetous eye on the House seat he holds that is considered a safe seat for any aspiring GOP lawmaker.
According to a report from Politico, no fewer than eight possible candidates for the seat Gaetz now holds are having their names bandied about as his successor -- including conservative gadfly Laura Loomer who just lost a bid for a Florida House seat in the 2020 election.
As a sign that possible candidates are lining up in the belief that Gaetz won't survive the almost daily revelations about his involvement with young women, Politico is reporting that Florida Republicans are receiving robocalls asking who should replace him.
"Several Republican elected officials and others who live in the sprawling Panhandle district said they received a robo-call over the weekend asking voters if they thought Gaetz would step down due to his legal woes," the report states. "They were also asked about potential candidates — including Laura Loomer, the provocateur who mounted an unsuccessful campaign for a South Florida congressional seat last year."
One Gaetz defender pointed out that he has seen no indication that Gaetz might resign -- but quickly turned around and admitted he would consider running for the seat.
"The seat is not open. Congressman Gaetz isn't resigning," explained State Rep. Alex Andrade (R) of Pensacola. "If the seat became open at some point I would strongly consider it."
You can see the list of possible candidates and read more here.
Trump supporter screamed ‘we ride for Trump we die for Trump’ as mob stormed the Capitol: prosecutors
A man calling himself "Jacob Weed" on the Snapchat account "kingbuddha27" hurled obscenities at police -- and posted diatribes on social media -- in connection the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
Jacob Kyle Wiedrich was arrested in Salt Lake City on charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful entry. In its criminal complaint, the FBI cited "Jacob Weed's" words from a video he posted while moving with the mob through the Capitol:
"The male individual is shown saying "it's wartime!" The male individual is verbally combative with law enforcement attempting to maintain security; at one point, the male individual complains of being shot with rubber bullets and tear gassed," the FBI complaint states.
"As the mob moves closer to the Capitol building, the male yells "we're not done!" and "Charge! Charge the motherfucker!" to the mob. The male also screams "take it back!" At one point, the male screams "we ride for Trump, we die for Trump!" The male moves close to an open window and begins screaming at law enforcement inside the Capitol building."
In an earlier video, Wiedrich, wearing a MAGA hat and a space-shuttle T-shirt, had this to offer:
"(Wiedrich) states that he is going to describe the difference between what "we" did yesterday and "Black Lives Matter" riots from the previous year. (He) also states, "we marched to the Capitol, broke a few windows, but we made a statement that we won't put up with this fraud - the election of 2020."
The report added, "For context, it is clear the male individual is referring to the riot at the US Capitol, as the male makes special reference to Ashli Babbitt being shot."
Wiedrich was not charged with violence against Capitol police, but he apparently came right up to the line:
"Once inside, Wiedrich screams at and taunts USCP officers on the perimeter of the mob for several minutes; at one point, Wiedrich is so confrontational that another member of the mob physically restrains him. Wiedrich continues to walk around the corridor before moving deeper into the U.S. Capitol by proceeding down a hallway known to lead towards the House wing
"Dietrich's actions on the video are in contradiction to what he told the FBI in an interview, in which he minimized his participation and claimed he only entered approximately 10 feet inside the exterior door before turning around and leaving."
You can read the FBI arrest document here.
Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) this week denounced plans for companies to mandate vaccinations for their employees -- but then wouldn't tell a reporter if he personally had been vaccinated.
Local news station WKOW reports that Grothman falsely claimed that the vaccine was "experimental" despite having been proven to be safe and effective at protecting people against a disease that so far has killed 600,000 Americans.
"I think, particularly as this vaccine is still experimental, I don't like the idea of forcing people, to keep their job, to do something they are opposed to," he said.
Grothman acknowledged that "I think there's unquestionably, particularly, the older people benefits to the vaccine," but then said he was "not going to play doctor to everybody in Dane County tonight."
Grothman then started to walk away from the interview after being asked if he'd been vaccinated while only saying that, "I don't like to get into taking sides on it."
Watch the video below.
Grothman Opposes Mandatory Vax For Health Workers www.youtube.com
Bill Gates said it was a "huge mistake" to socialize with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself while awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking minors.
The co-founder and former chief of Microsoft addressed the relationship in a late Wednesday CNN interview that came just two days after his divorce from his ex-wife, Melinda, was finalized.
Melinda Gates had reportedly been concerned about her husband spending time with Epstein a decade ago.
"It was a huge mistake to spend time with him, to give him the credibility of being there," Gates said during an interview with Anderson Cooper.
Gates maintained that he only met with Epstein to raise money for the philanthropy he and his wife founded.
"I had several dinners with him, you know, hoping that what he said about getting billions of philanthropy for global health through contacts that he had might emerge," Gates said.
"When it looked like that wasn't a real thing, that relationship ended."
Epstein was a multi-million-dollar hedge fund manager who befriended countless celebrities over the years, including former president Bill Clinton and Britain's Prince Andrew. Epstein was 66 years old when he died in 2019.
Gates and his wife, who co-founded their charity two decades ago to battle global poverty and disease, announced their divorce on May 3 after 27 years of marriage.
The divorce being finalized is a "very sad milestone," Gates said during the interview.
"Melinda is a great person, and that partnership we had coming to an end is a source of great personal sadness," he said, adding that they hope to keep working together at the philanthropy.
Gates, who founded Microsoft in 1975, stepped down as the company's CEO in 2000, saying he wanted to focus on his foundation.
He left his full-time role at Microsoft in 2008.
His seat as board director, which he left in March 2020, was the last position that officially linked him to the company.
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