Anti-Ron DeSantis group launches video of Matt Gaetz bromance with Ron DeSantis
Screenshot from Ron Be Gone campaign video.

Matt Gaetz, Joe Greenberg, Ron DeSantis
Democrats' Ron Be Gone seeks to portray DeSantis, Gaetz as pals.

There are enough images of Gov. Ron DeSantis palling with Rep. Matt Gaetz to show a close friendship, so a group of Democrats opposing the Governor’s reelection pooled them to ask, what happened to their friendship now that Gaetz appears to be in trouble?

“If Ron DeSantis will turn a blind eye to Matt Gaetz, makes you wonder what else he’s covering up,” snarks Ron Be Gone, in a new anti-DeSantis campaign video promoted on social media Thursday.

The video rolls out more than a minute of those images of Gaetz and DeSantis together in professional, social, and media-appearance settings, building the impression of a bromance between the two — at least until recently.

Gaetz is the Republican Panhandle Congressman struggling to deal with growing reports that he’s a central figure in a sex trafficking investigation that already has another old friend of his, former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, reportedly arranging a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

DeSantis was close enough to Gaetz while they served together in Congress that DeSantis had Gaetz serve as one of the co-chairs of the newly elected Governor’s’ transition team in 2018 and 2019.

Gaetz has not been charged with any crimes. In fact, federal authorities have confirmed none of the media reports that originated from undisclosed sources. They report that federal investigators’ probe of Greenberg’s activities last summer led them to suspect the involvement of others, including Gaetz. The New York Times reported federal investigators are looking into whether Gaetz had sex with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her to travel with him as a sexual escort, across state and possibly international lines, with the help of Greenberg and others.

DeSantis has gone mum on his relationship with Gaetz since the scandal broke late last month.

The Ron Be Gone video went live on social media platforms Thursday afternoon in an effort to remind voters that DeSantis and Gaetz were close.

The video starts with a photograph of DeSantis with both Gaetz and Greenberg.

“You are the company you keep. And Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis are an inseparable pair,” the narrator declares.

“Yet Gov. DeSantis is refusing to answer questions about his friend,” the narrator says later.

Ron Be Gone was organized last month by Democrats hoping to get a campaign going against DeSantis’ 2022 reelection before Democrats even have a declared candidate to run against him. The campaign was organized with former U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Coral Springs Vice Mayor Josh Simmons, former state Rep. Cindy Polo, and veteran Florida Democratic strategists Brice Barnes, Joshua Karp, and Lindsay Pollard.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


4 comments

  • Artwork2

    April 9, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Another hit job by Florida Politics – an enforcer for the Democrat party…doing whatever they can to take down an outstanding Governor and congressman. So sick of politics and corrupt media.

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    • Not 1 of the promised virgins

      April 9, 2021 at 12:07 pm

      Read your own newspapers more. Ron DeSantis has, among many other despicable acts, cooked the virus death books and gave exclusive vaccine distribution rights to Publix, who has poured over $100,000 to his campaign.

      Reply

  • James Robert Miles

    April 9, 2021 at 9:08 am

    So sick of idiots in Floriduh who think that mediocre politicians are good for Floriduh unless of course, you like a Governor who, by his very incompetence, has caused many people to die because of covid. If your a Trumpster, that would explain it! Trump is the epitome of incompetence! DeSatan follows his masters voice. Suggest that you get all of your fake news from Faux if you want to listen and watch endless B.S.!

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    • Not 1 of the promised virgins

      April 9, 2021 at 12:05 pm

      Well stated!

      Reply

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