Rick Scott ready to ‘get the facts out’ in Matt Gaetz scandal
Scott wants the facts on Gaetz.

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What will the facts say in Gaetzgate?

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott was never an ally of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz when they both worked in state government.

But now, with Gaetz facing scrutiny from the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for charges potentially related to sex trafficking, Scott avoided pronouncement of guilt or innocence, and would not say Gaetz should resign.

“Well, these are serious allegations. I think the most important thing before anything happens is, let’s get the facts out. And then, you know, you know, if anybody’s done anything wrong, then we can decide what to do,” Scott said during a Tuesday interview with Washington Post Power Up anchor Jacqueline Alemany.

Scott, who had blasted an Gaetzian attack on the character of former President Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen as “disgusting” in 2019, went bland when asked about his working relationship with the embattled Congressman.

“He was in the House when I was Governor,” Scott said. “So there’s a variety of bills that he worked on. You do so many bills as Governor you can’t remember who sponsored all of them. Because I think there were about 2,000 bills a year, I’m trying to remember how many.”

“So I’ve worked with him there. Since I’ve been up here, you know, most of my work has been in the Senate.”

Scott also addressed Gaetz facing potential charges or even being guilty, again stressing the necessity for investigation.

“Well, I think the most important thing is get the facts out. We’ll see what happens when the facts come out,” Scott related.

Indeed, the facts are poised to come out soon enough, if reports of the multilevel federal investigation into Gaetz are reliable.

Though the Justice Department has not charged Gaetz with any crimes, a House Ethics Committee investigation could lead to censure or expulsion for Gaetz down the road. That probe will cover a lot of ground.

“The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to personal use, and/or accepted a bribe, improper gratuity, or impermissible gift, in violation of House Rules, laws, or other standards of conduct,” a statement from the Ethics Committee declared.

Scott’s noncommittal public stance on Gaetz is arguably the best attempt by any Florida Republican to grapple with the politically toxic host of issues in play here.

Gov. Ron DeSantis shirked a reporter’s question before he could even finish it Monday. And former President Donald Trump has issued a couple of circular statements that serve, at best, as conditional defenses of Gaetz.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


6 comments

  • Frankie M.

    April 13, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    She was 17 1/2 dang it! Not creepy at all!!

  • Sam

    April 13, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    As much as I don’t like Rick, he is exactly right, just get the facts out and stop speculating. If there were crimes committed, then get those facts out in a trial. Is that such a concept?

  • PeterH

    April 14, 2021 at 10:53 am

    The New York Times is reporting that Joel Greenberg started cooperating with the FBI in mid- December 2020. At about this same time, the FBI abruptly confiscated Gaetz’s girlfriend’s cell phone on her way to work and Gaetz changed his cell phone number. More will be revealed in the coming months.

  • Ocean Joe

    April 14, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    Rick should know that the facts will never come out, because, as in his own situation, he pled the Fifth at least 74 times, and Gaetz, who so far likes to run his mouth, will hire a decent lawyer who will tell him to do the same. But if Greenberg, the gun toting tax collector, spills enough beans, we may get to see a Gaetz perp wall after all. Looking forward to it, maybe Liz Cheney will come to his district and endorse one of his would be replacements. Ay carumba!

  • Kevin Chambers

    April 15, 2021 at 7:32 am

    That’s a fair and reasonable response by Scott. Not defending him just because he’s a Republican and not rushing in with the pitchforks. Well done.

  • Beth

    April 15, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Funny how when a Democrat screws up, waiting for the facts to come out is not what Republicans demand.

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