Congressman Matt Gaetz kicked off his reelection campaign last week, telling constituents at a Panhandle rally it is time to “choose your fighter.”
A Republican and loyalist to former President Donald Trump, Gaetz’s announcement ends speculation he may exit politics amid an ongoing federal sex trafficking investigation. More than 160 people registered to attend the rally.
“Northwest Florida deserves a fighting congressman,” Gaetz exclaimed at the grand opening of his Fort Walton Beach campaign office.
Former Florida COVID-19 data analyst Rebekah Jones is the most notable challenger. She, though, faces an uphill battle. Congressional District 1 is a longtime Republican-stronghold.
– Jason Delgado, Florida Politics