Mark Lombardo says Matt Gaetz can ‘no longer get the job done’ in CD 1

Mark Lombardo CD 1
'Send me to Washington, I'll be a conservative fighter a Marine who puts you and America first.'

Republican congressional candidate Mark Lombardo has released a new ad for his campaign to oust U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz in Florida’s 1st Congressional District.

Lombardo, a former U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam, entered the race on June 15 and pledged to put $1 million into his campaign. In addition to his military background, Lombardo is a former executive at FedEx who “helped get the company off the ground in the early days.”

This week, the Pensacola Republican launched his first TV ad. Titled “A Marine Who Will Put You First,” the 30-second spot takes aim at Gaetz while highlighting Lombardo’s West Florida roots.

“When I was living in a trailer in Pensacola, flying combat missions in Vietnam or helping grow FedEx into an American icon, I never thought I’d run for Congress, but when I learned that Matt Gaetz hired pedophile Jeffrey Epstein‘s attorney to defend himself against sex trafficking, I knew he could no longer get the job done,” Lombardo says in the ad. “Send me to Washington, I’ll be a conservative fighter, a Marine who puts you and America first.”

According to AdImpact, the campaign placed an initial ad buy of $51,000 to air the ad June 21-27. It is currently running on broadcast networks and on Fox News throughout CD 1.

As referenced in the ad, Lombardo has made the ongoing federal investigation into Gaetz a cornerstone issue in the campaign.

The investigation is focused in part on whether Gaetz had sex with an underage girl and whether he played a role and transporting the underage girl across state lines, which constitutes sex trafficking.

Former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, a close friend of Gaetz who awaits sentencing for multiple federal charges, including sex trafficking of a minor, is cooperating with the FBI in the Gaetz case. Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with anything.

Lombardo, however, asserts that the optics alone are bad enough. He launched his campaign with a pledge similar to the one espoused in his new TV ad: “I’m America First without the drama and gimmicks. Washington is broken because of people like Matt Gaetz. If you want to change Washington, send a Marine. I’ll get the job done.”

CD 1 covers Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties as well as part of Walton County and has a heavy Republican lean. The only other high-profile candidate in the race for CD 1 is Rebekah Jones, the former Department of Health whistleblower who is running as a Democrat.


Florida Politics reporter Gray Rohrer contributed to this post.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


  • Harold Finch

    June 23, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Semper Fi!!! I hope he kicks that pervert Gaetz’s ass!!!

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  • Elizabeth Sackman

    June 26, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    How can you be a Trumpster when he disparages those in Military cemetaries and hero John McCain. He doesn’t like those captured by enemy. Trump is Putin’s puppet.

  • Sharon I Trenary

    June 27, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Why would I care that you lived in a trailer? I’m glad that you are an ex-marine and thank you for serving the country however that was a long time ago. Only because you say so and you claim to be a top official of FedEx but there’s no mention of you. What are your educational credentials? What and where do you stand on important issues? There’s no mention of that. Perhaps you just want to split the vote because you have a personal grudge against Matt gates.

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