Another aide to Matt Gaetz quits

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The aide was Gaetz' legislative director.

The dominoes continue to fall around Matt Gaetz. Another Senior aide to the congressman has quit, according to a report by the New York Times.

The newspaper says the aide, Devin Murphy, was Gaetz’s legislation director. He resigned Friday telling associates he was interested in writing bills, not working at TMZ.

Gaetz’s communication director, Luke Ball, resigned last week.

The last statement from Matt Gaetz’ office purported to be a Wednesday memo from women who work with Gaetz and say they respect him. The memo was signed “The Women of the Office of U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz.”

Gaetz’ trouble started last week when the New York Times dropped a bombshell report about a sex-trafficking investigation into the congressman. Reporting has suggested the investigation stems from charges against Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, who resigned last year after being indicted on charges that included sex trafficking of a child.

Gaetz previously endorsed Greenberg and the two share political connections in Florida to figures like Roger Stone.

The Times last Thursday reported more details. Federal investigators are focusing on women recruited online for sex by Greenberg, often in exchange for gifts like trips. The reports say he used the site Seeking Arrangement, a service that markets itself as a way for wealthy clients to find attractive individuals they want to pamper.

But there’s also evidence the women were paid cash at points and had sex with Gaetz. One woman has told investigators she had sex with Greenberg, Gaetz and one other as-yet-unidentified associate in Florida GOP politics, one source said. Multiple sources have told Florida Politics the third individual is former Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations Secretary Halsey Beshears, who resigned in January.

Moreover, The Daily Mail reported the woman, who allegedly was a minor at the time of the sexual encounter, testified in front of a grand jury about having sex with a Republican Congressman. The online tabloid reported prosecutors are intending to indict Gaetz.

There’s evidence that the minor, who Greenberg has already been indicted for trafficking, is the same girl Gaetz is suspected of having sex with, sources said. Receipts were shown to the Times detailing payments made through apps like Apple Pay. The article also details allegations Gaetz took ecstasy before having sex in at least one encounter.

CBS News reported Wednesday investigators were zeroing in on a plane trip to The Bahamas with marijuana entrepreneur and hand surgeon Jason Pirozzolo, who allegedly paid for the travel expenses, accommodations, and female escorts.

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Florida Politics reporter Jacob Ogles contributed to this report.

Haley Brown

Haley Brown covers state government for FloridaPolitics.com. Previously, Haley covered the West Virginia Legislature and anchored weekend newscasts for WVVA in Bluefield, W.Va. Haley is a Florida native and a graduate of the University of Florida. You can reach her at [email protected]


4 comments

  • Artwork

    April 9, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Florida Politics is the worst kind of media garbage. You promote hate and tell lies about anyone who isn’t a Democrat. This is what’s wrong with journalism today. The media convicts before they have any real evidence. They damage people, and make no apologies when they are proven wrong. Disgusting.

    • Frankly

      April 9, 2021 at 1:28 pm

      Matt Gaetz: “I never paid for sex. I paid Greenberg and he paid for the sex. Gotcha! Nice try Democrats!”

    • Frankly

      April 9, 2021 at 1:32 pm

      ‘Presenting evidence’ is not the same as a ‘conviction.’
      Nowhere in this report did the author claim Gaetz is guilty. The evidence is so strong that YOU are blaming them for your own conclusion.

  • Frankly

    April 9, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Fun Fact: Gaetz has never backed a bill that passed into law. Ever.

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