Mark Lombardo vows to reform Washington in challenge to Matt Gaetz

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The Republican released a five-point plan, vowing to 'drain the swamp.'

Mark Lombardo, a Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz in Florida’s 1st Congressional District, laid out a plan he says will reform Washington.

Lombardo will go head-to-head with Gaetz in the Aug. 23 Primary Election after Republican Bryan Jones dropped out of the race.

He filed to run in June and pledged to spend $1 million of his own money on his campaign.

The Marine Corps veteran and former FedEx executive released what he called “The Lombardo Contract” with Northwest Floridians, laying out five ways to reform the nation’s capital.

His top idea is to cut pay for lawmakers who miss votes, taking aim at Gaetz for missing 200 votes since taking office in 2017.

“You can’t fight for Northwest Florida if you don’t show up for work,” Lombardo said. “Our community needs a leader who will actually show up, pass legislation, and keep promises to constituents. I have a plan to change Washington.”

One aspect of the plan entails enacting a six-year term limit in Congress. Lombardo said that would be the first bill he would introduce if elected.

In 2016 Gaetz signed a pledge vowing to sponsor and support legislation to enact a maximum of three House terms and two Senate terms. In 2017 he proposed a constitutional amendment for term limits but is now running for his fourth term.

Lombardo said he would also introduce legislation to ban members of Congress from serving as lobbyists when they leave office.

“Washington is full of legalized corruption fueled by the revolving door of  Members and staff becoming lobbyists — who go on to make millions working for big corporations, trial lawyers, and unions,” Lombardo said. “We must ban Members from becoming lobbyists. Serve our country. When you’re done, return home — as intended by our forefathers.”

Lombardo also vowed to end “red carpet” privileges for members of Congress, noting they have special elevators and don’t have to pay for private parking at airports.

“They are treated like Hollywood stars — not public servants,” he said. “Let’s put an end to the special privileges and remind Members that they work for us — we the people.”

Lombardo added that he would work in Congress to balance the budget.

“Washington’s problems are centered entirely on Congress’ addiction to spending YOUR money,” he said. “To solve this problem, we need to require Congress to immediately cut and cap spending, and balance the budget on an annual basis.”

Gaetz campaign manager Dawn McArdle dismissed Lombardo’s ideas, saying, “Mark Lombardo doesn’t even know what his platform is. His campaign is driven by Never Trumper consultants. Northwest Floridians know they have a fighter in Matt Gaetz. That’s our platform.”

Aimee Sachs

Aimee Sachs covers politics in her hometown of Tallahassee and the Panhandle. The University of Florida graduate began her career as a sportswriter for the Tallahassee Democrat, Lakeland Ledger and She has also worked for Courthouse News Service and was a senior reporter for The Florida Channel before joining Florida Politics. You can email Aimee at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @AimSachs.


  • John

    July 7, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Matt thinks he is bulletproof. I hate to bust his bubble, but the people are feed up with his BS. We want a change and need someone new .

  • nail

    July 8, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Matt and other elected Florida corrupt Repuglicons, are getting their comeuppance on July 18, when the FBI, the DOJ and the 4 DA’s will spill the criminal behavior on the Repuglicons in Florida.
    These investigations have been going on for almost 1 year. Started by the arrest of Joel Greenberg. Joel knew all the corruption of these elected Repuglicons, and he decided to tell all to reduce his sentences on 36 charges.
    They will all come out from behind the closed doors of the judges chambers and announce the criminals and their indictments..
    Finally, Florida will know the truth about the Desantis criminals….and possibly the main crime boss…

  • Dean Lucas

    July 11, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Lombardo needs to stop using the Marine Corps If he was a career Marine then he could use “A Marine “ in his campaign. I will take Gaetz anyday over Lombardo

    • YYep

      July 12, 2022 at 4:28 pm

      Reform school and tough love never works with old geezer’s.

    • Linda Maher

      July 13, 2022 at 6:33 pm

      Amen. Me too! Lambardo’s mantra is attacking Matt. Not a respectable tactic for a fellow Republican.

  • Dennis Mclaughlin

    July 13, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    As a veteran myself all I see are the attack ads he does against Matt Gretzky. If you are accused of something wouldn’t you want to hire a lawyer with experience in that matter. Being a marine does not mean you are a better person than anyone else

  • Dean Lucas

    July 18, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Mark when did you attend Flight School. I lived in the BOQ Why didn’t you?

  • John McCutchon

    July 18, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    What’s your position on illegal immigration, the Jan 6 sideshow, the Hunter Biden laptop information, the increase of crime, voter ID, the US support of CCP along with Biden? I’m not interested in smearing another candidate.

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