Florida scientist who was fired by Ron DeSantis announces plans to run against 'sex trafficker' Matt Gaetz
Rebekah Jones in her office at the Florida Department of Health. - Rebekah Jones/Miami Herald/TNS

A Florida scientist who formerly ran the state's COVID-19 dashboard has announced plans to run against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

Rebekah Jones made the announcement on Instagram after she was temporarily banned from Twitter for sharing a Miami Herald article too many times. The article details how Florida law enforcement raided her home with guns drawn to find evidence proving that she allegedly accessed a state government messaging app after being fired.

The Inspector General of Florida's Health Department has ruled that Jones qualifies for whistleblower status because she was fired for allegedly exposing an effort to cover up COVID-19 data in the state.

In her announcement, Jones hit back against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) after his office celebrated her suspension from Twitter.

"Didn't want to announce it this way, but since DeSantis is now taking credit for getting me suspended for sharing an article that proves he's a sociopathic liar," she wrote, "it looks like I have to say it this way."

"I'm running for Matt Gaetz' seat next year," Jones revealed. "No more sex traffickers in congress!"

Jones also noted that as of July 1 she will be able to fine Twitter $250,000 per day thanks to a law signed by DeSantis that was designed to prevent social media companies from de-platforming people like former President Donald Trump.