August 4, 2018 3:49 pm -

[UPDATED – at end of post]

We’re sure you are already familiar with Republican congressman Matt Gaetz, who represents Florida’s First Congressional District. He claims to be Florida’s “Trumpiest” congressman:

Gaetz is a 35-year-old freshmen Congressman pursuing a risky new gameplan for getting ahead in Washington: Be just like Trump. He’s courting controversy, becoming a fixture on FOX, and proving that the only real sin in politics these days is being boring.… Gaetz is tall, clean-cut, and sturdy—he’s conscious of his weight—with chestnut hair and deep-set eyes, his face vaguely evocative of a bulldog or a pug. He’s not married, a rarity for a politician and a fact that gets remarked upon now and then.

He has also been arrested for drunk driving:

Gaetz recently held himself out as a man who accepts responsibility for his mistakes.

He brought up his 2008 DUI arrest during a meeting last week of the House criminal justice committee, which he chairs. The topic: a bill that would keep mug shots of people who are charged with crimes off the Internet until they are convicted.

Though he was never convicted, his booking photo is readily available online, Gaetz said.

He was also pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen:

The Republican representative from Florida can be seen declining to endorse one of Cohen’s characters’ lobbying efforts to get guns in the hands of children as young as three in Who Is America?’s premiere—but as he told The Daily Beast last week, he had no idea at the time that he was being put on.

He has been targeted by the brilliant, offbeat Mad Dog PAC, famous for their in-yer-face billboards:

A political action committee set up to target House Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterm elections with critical billboards in their district took aim at Rep. Matt Gaetz as its first target.

MadDogPAC paid for a billboard at West Navy Boulevard and Cahn Street in Pensacola with a mugshot of Gaetz from a 2008 DUI arrest and the caption, “Rep. Matt Gaetz, how many DUIs have you had? The voters deserve to know.”

So imagine our delight when MadDogPAC chairperson Claude Taylor tweeted this juicy tidbit late this afternoon:

Oh, dear, Matt! What will the evangelical rapture-cult constituency think about you shacking up? That’s enough to make the Baby Jesus cry!

Stay tuned. This is gonna get ugly — and probably more entertaining than anyone will expect!


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.