Report: Matt Gaetz May Retire From Congress Early, Pursue Job With Newsmax
Axios is reporting that pro-Trump Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL) is eyeing an early retirement from Congress and is interested in pursuing a job at NewsMax.
The outlet cites three sources that claim Gaetz is “seriously considering not seeking re-election and possibly leaving Congress early for a job at Newsmax.”
“Gaetz has told some of his allies he’s interested in becoming a media personality, and floated taking a role at Newsmax,” they write.
One of the sources even states that the emphatic Trump supporter and the network have already engaged in discussions about the role he might fill.
The congressman’s office did not respond to requests for comment according to Axios.
Gaetz was elected to Congress in 2016 and has been a loyal supporter of former President Donald Trump even after his departure from office.
SCOOP: Rep. Matt Gaetz has privately told confidants he’s seriously considering not seeking re-election and possibly leaving Congress early for a job at Newsmax, three sources with direct knowledge of the talks tell Axios. https://t.co/dhlyDgvkqU
— Axios (@axios) March 30, 2021
Matt Gaetz To Newsmax?
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Gaetz, at only 38-years of age, seems poised for a more expanded role in Congress as a foil to the far-left radicals currently leading the House.
He represents what Axios describes as “a politically potent district on the Florida panhandle.”
Such a victory would provide Gaetz with even more national prominence.
A move to Newsmax would be reminiscent of similar moves made by popular Republicans such as former congressmen Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz, both of whom are contributors to Fox News.
While many feel that each of these men would better serve the American people by using their talents in Congress, as opposed to opining about politics on network news outlets, Axios does suggest “a prominent spot in the media could give Gaetz a platform for a future national political role.”
Gaetz, according to a report in The Hill in 2019, had at one point thought about running for a Senate seat.
I got a tip on this and didn’t believe it. https://t.co/y0RXe8MYqH
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) March 30, 2021
Poised For A Fight
Gaetz, as recently as last month, seemed poised for a fight in the ongoing civil war between moderate Republicans and those still loyal to former President Trump.
After being called out by anti-Trump Republican Adam Kinzinger (IL) as a target of a newly formed PAC, Gaetz fired back in colorful fashion.
Adam is a patriot who fought for America from Northwest Florida.
We will always appreciate & honor his service.
Now, he wants to target my America First politics, referencing me by name.
Fucking bring it.
Adam needs PACs to win elections.
I don’t. https://t.co/TE9TPt6QJv
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 11, 2021
The Florida Republican recently blasted the Democrat stimulus bill, insisting the only way to truly stimulate the economy is by opening it up to businesses and the American consumer.
“There is no stimulus in Washington, D.C. that can do more for our people than a free and open economy,” he said.
Rep. Matt Gaetz: “There is no stimulus in Washington, D.C. that can do more for our people than a free and open economy.” pic.twitter.com/T9iGqtmusB
— The Hill (@thehill) March 29, 2021
He ripped the Biden administration for the current humanitarian crisis at the border.
“The Biden-Harris administration, they don’t want to extend physical security at the border, they don’t want to give our border patrol more resources,” Gaetz said in a Fox News appearance.
“Instead, what they want to do is they want to take $700 million dollars and go try to make Central America great again.”