That sharped-dressed man, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Floriduh), father of Cuban son Nestor (with whom he shares no blood), founding truther of the Wuhan Conspiracy, and gestapo-tactics enthusiast, is in the news again, and this time not for something colorful he said, or strange choice of accessories (See photo above, and recall the immortal words: “Heather always said you couldn’t accessorize for shit.”), drunk driving, or hanging out with Holocaust deniers.
No, this time, Gaetz did something more in the traditions of the Republican Party: it looks like he “misappropriated” taxpayer dollars to a company run by Darren Beattie who is yet another white supremacist-adjacent friend from the 4th Reich. And what service did our little bomb-thrower need from said Beattie?
The Florida Republican concedes that he improperly sent $28,000 in taxpayer funds to a limited liability company connected to the speech-writing consultant, Darren Beattie, a former White House aide who was ousted after appearing at a convention known as a forum for racist and white supremacist views. Gaetz’s aides said it was a clerical error that they are now working to reverse. House rules explicitly prohibit spending taxpayer dollars on speech-writing consultants.
Speech writing assistance for the guy who stormed a secure room to order pizza during the impeachment hearings? “Hold the anchovies,” is the sort of thing one pays $28K Ameros. Brilliant work, probably nominated for a Peabody or whatevs.
But wait! There’s more graft coming! (there’s always more)
In another possible violation, a private company installed a television studio in his father’s home in Niceville, Fla., which Gaetz uses when he appears on television. Taxpayers foot the bill to rent the television camera, and the private company that built the studio — which Gaetz refuses to identify — takes a fee each time he appears on air, his office said. It’s unclear how much it cost the private company to construct the studio.
Now, these questionable ethics violations are not the first time at the rodeo for our man Gaetz:
Gaetz’s spending has already been under review. The Office of Congressional Ethics recently dropped an investigation into Gaetz’s office rental agreement after POLITICO reported in April that he had rented his office in Pensacola, Fla., from a longtime friend, political donor and policy adviser. Both the friend — local businessman Collier Merrill — and Gaetz said the rental deal was hashed out privately and below market value.
I’m detecting a pattern.
Anyway, compared to Prznint Art of the Deal, Gaetz is just a talented amateur, but a boy has to start somewhere, and Gaetz certainly has the get-up-and-go that the Trump era calls for.