If you happen to be voting in the Florida District 4 State Representative special election primary tomorrow, this might be something worth reading. I realize that very few of my readers are a part of that demographic, but I need this to be on the internet. So it goes on my blog.
I have known Matt Gaetz for over ten years, and I'm here to paint a very different portrait than Gaetz and his supporters would like you to see. I no longer live in Florida, so I am not afraid of the supposed mighty power of the Gaetz family name. I also have nothing to gain by making this information known. I really just want to make sure that people know what they're getting into when they mark "Matt Gaetz" on their ballot in this election.
A lot of the qualities Gaetz currently possesses were a lot of fun when we were teenagers, and even when we were in our early 20s. Drinking, gambling, talking about women; all of this is a good time when you're young and don't really have too many cares in the world. But Gaetz never got past that mindset. While the rest of us grew up, Gaetz stayed the same. He may have gotten his law degree and put on a suit and tie, but behind all that he's still the same guy who takes out his cell phone to show friends naked pictures of the women he's recently bedded.
From a political standpoint, voters could not make a worse choice in voting for Gaetz. I may no longer live in Florida, but I still care about what happens to my home state, and particularly my hometown of Niceville, and I would fear for District 4 if Gaetz is elected. Five months after Proposition 2, which banned gay marriage in Florida, Gaetz told me personally that he had voted against the proposition because he thought it was absurd. But that tune changed when he announced his intention to run for office. The district had overwhelmingly voted for the proposition, and Gaetz apparently saw the writing on the wall. So when he first created his political website, he told voters that he knew "marriage is between one man and one woman." That part on his website has since been removed, for reasons unknown. Regardless of your stance on that particular issue, it should at least give you pause that a candidate is so willing to lie about his position.
Voters in America these days claim to be looking for change. Republican voters, in particular, have voiced the idea that the country is moving in the wrong direction, and that those in government need to be held accountable for their actions. I can promise you that if you vote for Matt Gaetz, all you will get is more of the same. He is not interested in change. He does not have your best interests in mind. His only impetus for getting into politics is to get more money and power. He is a consummate politician, having been groomed as such from an early age. When he tells you he wants to be a state representative so he can be "on your side" in fighting against special interests, he is lying. And you can bet he'll take money from those special interests the first chance he gets, if he hasn't done so already.
Matt Gaetz, to put it simply, is not a good person. He can come and knock on your doors, smile for your photo ops, and hold all the babies he wants, but the fact of the matter is that Gaetz is a smarmy womanizer with no intention of doing anything for the district that doesn't first and foremost advance his political career. A vote for Matt Gaetz is a vote for more of the same. Please don't let his money and fame sway you. Any other candidate is a vast improvement over Gaetz, and you'll be doing District 4 a big favor by making sure Gaetz doesn't get his political start because of your vote.