Matt Gaetz for … US Senate?

The Florida congressman may be mulling a move to Alabama.

Maybe you read that Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz wanted to be Florida’s Attorney General.

Well, that was so 10 minutes ago.

We sleuthed around and discovered he may have a better plan: Running for the U.S. Senate.

No, he’s not planning to oust U.S. Sens. Rick Scott or Marco Rubio, despite his reported distaste for the former. He’s eyeing Alabama.

Wait, wait, don’t leave yet. Here’s why this scheme is not as crazy or harebrained as you may first imagine.

First of all, it is ri-donk-ulously easy to qualify for the office there.

You have to be at least 30 years old, a registered voter in the state and, oh, there’s a residency requirement of one day.

One. Day.

Honestly, this is a good way to jump in for Gaetz, who now represents the Panhandle (that’s almost Alabama, right?). Alabama has a runoff and there will be a multicandidate primary.

President Donald Trump could well be very helpful in introducing him. The Prez isn’t crazy about his options there to date, as none were nearly as effusive in backing him as Gaetz.

The kicker: Gaetz tells us he “may have mentioned” the idea of running in ‘Bama to some people “in passing.”

Will a Gaetz Senate candidacy fly in the “The Heart of Dixie?” He’ll never know … until he tries. Or, you know, polls.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises Media and is the publisher of, INFLUENCE Magazine, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Previous to his publishing efforts, Peter was a political consultant to dozens of congressional and state campaigns, as well as several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

One comment

  • Martin Simmons

    April 3, 2019 at 11:29 am

    I think Alabama voters would not understand his accent.

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