Rebekah Jones announces … threatens … teases run for Matt Gaetz’s congressional seat
The announcement comes after the embattled former data scientist was kicked off Twitter. Image via Rebekah Jones.

Jones used Instagram to make her announcement after being suspended from Twitter.

Rebekah Jones announced on her brand-new Instagram account Tuesday that she intends to run for the U.S. House against Matt Gaetz in Florida’s 1st Congressional District. But she quickly backed off from a run.

She said her primary purpose in considering a run was to spotlight how Gov. Ron DeSantis had signed legislation making social media companies susceptible to fines for silencing political speech while also pushing to have Jones’ account suspended.

“In suggesting a run (for) Florida 1, I was pointing out the hypocrisy in DeSantis writing a law to prevent the silencing of government critics, while simultaneously celebrating my suspension for sharing a news article that exposed the lies he made that cost so many Florida lives,” she wrote in a Tuesday evening Instagram post.

But she ratcheted down the prospect of an actual run. Previosuly, she said she would seek the seat held by a now-scandal-plagued ally to the Governor.

“One of the reasons I held off on making any final decisions about running for office was because that I hoped the criminal justice system would remove Matt Gaetz from Congress on its own. That is taking a very long time and none of it is certain, especially because the rich and powerful play by their own rules,” Jones, in a video posted to the Instagram account, Insubordinatescientist, said.

Jones, currently a Maryland resident, had not filed campaign paperwork as of Tuesday afternoon.

“I had hoped that someone in the Republican Party would step up and Primary him, and I’ve yet to see that happen. And so, if it takes me going home to Florida to run against Matt Gaetz, then I will do it. If it means getting one child sex trafficker out of office, you’re damn right I’ll do it,” Jones said in the video.

Federal investigators are still looking into whether Gaetz had sex with a 17-year-old, which he denies.

Jones is no stranger to controversy herself. The video posted to Instagram came after she was suspended from Twitter on Monday. Jones said she was suspended after she posted the same article too many times.

The embattled former Florida Department of Health data curator rose to political fame last year during the height of the pandemic after making national headlines for being fired from the department for insubordination. Jones claimed Health Department managers wanted her to manipulate COVID-19 data to paint a rosier picture, and she pushed back.

Gaetz has filed to seek reelection to his Panhandle district, but a spokesperson for Newsmax confirmed yesterday Gaetz contacted the cable news channel about a job earlier this year when reports of the investigation first surfaced. A Gaetz spokesperson did not respond to those reports.

Haley Brown

Haley Brown covers state government for 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].


  • zhombre

    June 8, 2021 at 12:30 pm


  • righton!

    June 8, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Get em girl! Love to see a gal with intelligence take that seat! I think you are what we need, the opposite of stalker Greene and Gaetz. Our country needs good people.

  • Anita Leary

    June 8, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Where can I donate? I’ve been looking for a link with no success.

  • steph

    June 8, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Yay! you go girl!!! we will help campaign for you

  • zhombre

    June 8, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    LOL. Donate quick before this effort falls apart.

  • Tom Palmer

    June 8, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Is she delusional? That’s redneck country.

    • Gregory Stephens

      June 19, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      Redneck is mild. I worked hurricane Michael up there. Crystal meth and fauxitus has destroyed their brains.
      There is a movie called “Vernon” on netflix pretty much sums it up. To save you from being traumatized, the gist is that the worthy citizens were getting insurance that covered amputations and whacking off their limbs for cash.

  • Maggie Smith

    June 9, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    You go girl!!!! Someone needs to bring the Pedo, D O W N. Gaetz is a total PERVERT. What a sick, sick individual, he is. And, DeSantis, I swear he’s a devil worshiper, like most of the scary, old, fat, white dudes that are in the tRumplican Party…wellll, DeSantis, may not be fat, but he hits every other marker…he and turtle, McConnell are two of a kind.

  • tom Jenkins

    June 9, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    I refuse to even visit Florida as long as De Santis and his bunch of slimeballs are in power. I would love to make a donation to Ms. Jones campaign. Just let me know where.

    • ann

      June 11, 2021 at 7:03 am

      please don’t come to Florida we don’t need you kind of people here.

      • Carla

        June 11, 2021 at 10:33 am

        What kind is “you kind” that you don’t want in Florida? And what kind do you want ?

      • tom Jenkins

        June 11, 2021 at 11:41 am

        I’m not sure what “you kind of people” are, but it sounds like you and DeSantis are made for each other. I hope you enjoy his brand of tyranny. I personally don’t approve of politicians that lie, cheat and steal. He’s just another Trump-wanna-be that, if justice is served, will suffer the same fate. Cheers!

        • Deez Nutz

          June 13, 2021 at 12:22 am

          By “Kind”, she means we don’t want you Psychopath DemocRat Nazi pieces of crap here.

          • tom Jenkins

            June 13, 2021 at 7:51 am

            Nazis were fascists. Here is the definition of fascism. fas·cism
            1. An authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.

            So, you’re not only ignorant, but deluded as well. I’m trying to be “kind”.

      • Gregory Stephens

        June 19, 2021 at 2:02 pm

        Right, he has to be better than our republicans like Matt Gaetz and his friend Joel Greengburg are typical Florida republicans.
        These people, like The Donald do represent republican values and morals highly accurately..
        Republicans have become subhuman. I am deeply ashamed to have been one.

  • Fred G. Wucher

    June 10, 2021 at 6:49 am

    I will be happy once Governor MoRon DeathSentence and his band of thugs are removed from office and disqualified from holding any other public offices again, and that includes Matt Gaetz!!

  • Ed

    June 13, 2021 at 7:05 am

    I love the comments on Gaetz and his sexual exploits. Any of you aware of Rebekah Jones sexual exploits while at FSU? That married woman likes those young boys. I think he got an “A” in her class. She got a baby and maybe a future writing steamy romance novels. She has the pictures and cyber stalking documents to prove it.

    • Gregory Stephens

      June 19, 2021 at 2:18 pm

      Pure right wing slander. Hopefully she files suit against the anonymous coward “Ed”.

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