On the road: Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan plan campaign stops across Panhandle
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U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan is set to join fellow Congressman Matt Gaetz for a trio of campaign stops Saturday. The pair is dubbing the trip the “Freedom Tour.”

The first event will be held at The Fish House restaurant in Pensacola starting at 10 a.m. (all times are Central). That will be followed by an event at the Hampton Inn & Suites Navarre at 1 p.m.

The final stop will be at Cuvée Kitchen in Destin at 3 p.m. All three events are open to local and national press. Free tickets for Saturday’s events are also available here.

Gaetz is currently competing for re-election in Florida’s 1st Congressional District. He’s facing off against former Marine Cris Dosev and retired Navy pilot John Mills in the Republican primary.

Phil Ehr and Jennifer Zimmerman are competing for the Democratic nomination, though they pose little threat in the deep-red district — Gaetz defeated 2016 Democratic nominee Steven Specht by 39 points, and President Donald Trump carried CD 1 by the same margin.

Gaetz is a staunch supporter of President Trump who has made headlines with his calls for special counsel Robert Mueller to resign as head of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

He has also repeatedly pushed claims of a “deep state” conspiracy out to get Trump, even roping in fellow Republicans as part of the alleged plan.

President Trump has endorsed Gaetz for re-election.

Meanwhile Jordan has made headlines recently, as he has elected to run for Speaker of the House. Current Speaker Paul Ryan is set to retire from Congress at the end of his current term.

Jordan has also faced backlash over allegations he turned a blind eye toward sexual abuse by a team doctor while Jordan served as an assistant wrestling coach. However, one of those wrestlers accusing Jordan has since recanted his claims.

Ryan Nicol

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