Matt Gaetz - Boy, Interrupted
Part I: The Sexcapades
By some measures, Matt Gaetz is the most controversial and polarizing figure in Congress today - even within his own party.
Gaetz prides himself on being divisive, derisive and driven.
The legal troubles Gaetz manages to narrowly evade (of which there are many) and the allies he’s made in Congress (of which there are very few) define his larger-than-life tenure in government, which now appears to be coming to a close.
A Trump loyalist, Gaetz’ first two terms in Congress were largely unremarkable.
A pandemic, insurrection and +30 pounds lost later, Gaetz reinvented himself as a “firebrand,” where he raked in millions across podcast deals, speaking gigs, and, according to sources within Matt Gaetz’ office, funneling cash from his campaign into his back pocket.
Since the child sex trafficking allegations against Gaetz surfaced in early 2021, Gaetz’ office has become plagued with resignations and firings. Other Florida politicians, like Ron DeSantis - a man who owes his office to Gaetz’ father - publicly distanced themselves from him, refusing to endorse him in 2022, and refusing to be seen in public with him.