Conservative Super PAC bashes Anthony Sabatini for Special Session absence

'Anthony Sabatini didn't show up to fight COVID tyranny. Instead he flew to Washington for a swampy fundraiser.'

Rep. Anthony Sabatini has drawn the attention of a conservative Super PAC, and they don’t like what they see.

The American Heartland PAC has launched an ad targeting Sabatini, a two-term Howey-in-the-Hills self-styled firebrand who is running for Congress next year. Central to the PAC’s knock against Sabatini are his actions during the recent Special Session.

Despite being one of the first people to suggest a Special Session against COVID-19 mandates, Sabatini was absent from the House during the first day of the Special Session on Monday. He instead attended a fundraiser in Washington.

Sabatini, a frequent Twitter troll, has repeatedly called the Republican House Speaker, Chris Sprowls, a “RINO” — a Republican in Name Only. However, the American Heartland PAC flipped the script, lodging the catchphrase against him instead.

“Anthony Sabatini didn’t show up to fight COVID tyranny. Instead he flew to Washington for a swampy fundraiser. Talking like a conservative but not showing up? Classic RINO behavior,” according to a text blasted by the out-of-state PAC late Thursday.

While he was absent Monday, Sabatini was present on Tuesday and Wednesday, including when he was granted two minutes of debate time during which he called President Joe Biden a tyrant and questioned whether he was President.

That didn’t stop an ad from the PAC from bashing him for being a “no-show.” The video includes photos from the House floor, including his name being blank on the voting board and a shot of Sabatini’s empty desk.

“Keyboard warrior Anthony Sabatini just doesn’t show up for Floridians. Sabatini won’t show up for debates, won’t show up to the Special Session to fight COVID tyranny and won’t show up for conservatives,” according to the ad. “But he will show up for a fancy fundraiser in Washington, D.C. Florida needs doers, not talkers.”

Sabatini is currently challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy in the 7th Congressional District. First, he would need to win in a primary field that includes three other Republicans.

However, with 2022 marking a redistricting year, Sabatini’s final landing spot is unknown.

The American Heartland PAC is a federal committee registered in Massachusetts, but the ad notes its address as Washington, D.C. The PAC’s treasurer, Charles Gantt, was a senior financial analyst on U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney‘s 2012 presidential campaign.

Before receiving one $700-plus donation in February, the PAC hadn’t received a dollar since 2015. The PAC began 2021 with close to $55,000 on hand and spent more than $20,000 in the first half of the year.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • Ron Ogden

    November 19, 2021 at 10:12 am

    So, why is this news?

  • George Opria

    November 19, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Anthony Sabatini is as far from being a RINO as you can get! A great American and Veteran! This PAC is no Conservative PAC. It is a liberal PAC masquerading as a conservative organization to try and fool voters. Typical Liberal/Democrat sleazy tactic. Just look at the treasurer, Mitt Romney’s senior campaign financial analyst. That tells you all you need to know.

  • tom palmer

    November 19, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Sabatini’s a clown. His run for Congress will end his performance art, perhaps. His absence is news because he should follow through with whatever he started.

    • Evan

      November 20, 2021 at 9:10 am

      Once a RINO, always a RINO.

  • Peter Madaus

    November 22, 2021 at 7:05 am

    Love it when they eat their own…

  • MGV

    November 22, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Sabatini is HORRIBLE even by Florida standards. He cares about himself first – for more about this lil guy!

  • Phyominwai

    November 23, 2021 at 4:33 am

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