Mark Lombardo’s latest attack ad questions why Donald Trump Jr. is campaigning for Matt Gaetz
The Matt Gaetz Lombaro battle hits the air.

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Lombardo has launched a seres of attack ads against Gaetz over the summer.

In his final push before the Aug. 23 Primary Election, Mark Lombardo has come out with another attack ad against U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz.

The 30-second spot is a “sequel” to the ad Lombardo released last week suggesting Gaetz was “the informant” who led authorities to raid former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

“The Informant Part II” questions why Trump’s son, Don Jr., is coming to Pensacola on Monday to stump for Gaetz.

“What’s the real reason Don Jr. is coming to town?” a female narrator asks over footage of a moving car. An image of the former President with a question mark flashes on the screen as the narrator asks, “Is Trump sending him to get the answers everyone wants?”

“Is Matt Gaetz the informant?” the narrator asks. “Gaetz hasn’t denied it.”

“Trump rejected Gaetz’s pardon request,” the narrator states as a “Pardon Denied” stamp flashes over split images of Trump and Gaetz.

“Gaetz hired (Jeffrey) Epstein’s attorney,” the narrator continues. “Another Epstein attorney approved the raid.”

The ad then goes after Gaetz for allegedly being under federal investigation for sex trafficking.

“Did Gaetz cut a deal? Don Jr. deserves the truth. So do Northwest Florida voters. It’s time for Gaetz to come clean, on everything.”

In June, Lombardo, a Marine Corps veteran and former FedEx executive, entered the race for Florida’s 1st Congressional District, calling himself an “America-first” conservative and a “political outsider.”

Besides vowing to reform Washington, Lombardo has launched a series of attack ads against Gaetz over the summer, going after the incumbent for his behavior and comments towards women, allegedly putting the country’s secrets at risk, and missing 200 votes during his time in Congress.

“Matt Gaetz is a self-serving, professional politician with a long and growing record of putting himself and his interests ahead of his constituents,” Lombardo said in a statement. “It’s time to change who represents the good people of Northwest Florida.”

The Gaetz campaign fired back, saying: “Mark Lombardo keeps embarrassing himself. He is showing his desperation for Democrat donors by fundraising off ridiculous conspiracy theories. Donald Trump Jr. is coming to Pensacola to support Matt Gaetz because they are both America First fighters.”

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.


  • Elliott Offen

    August 20, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    It’s PIZZA GAETZ!!! 🍕

  • PeterH

    August 20, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    The irony here is the fact that Joel Greenberg’s guilty plea and subsequent cooperation will, according to Greenberg’s attorney, involve Joel’s sexual exploit facts … the creation of a Gaetz indictment.

    Meanwhile with their reported full Senate money coffers ….. the Trump Senate Primary wingnut primary winners JD Vance, Oz, Walker, Johnson etc etc are seeing their funding cut just in time for the November election runs. What does this tell you? Could it be that McConnell and Rick Scott don’t want these Senators to win? ….. or does the Republican establishment understand that Trumpsters are no longer welcome in today’s GQP? Could it be the Republican establishment is wondering how their self serving policies of austerity and self-reliance are going to pull up the bootstraps of the Trumpster trailer park hucksters. Republicans want the votes but they have absolutely no intention of creating policies to advance MAGA followers interests.

  • Harrison Bhy

    August 22, 2022 at 2:42 am

    Wow, are voters in the panhandle really this dumb? Their slavish devotion to the Trump Cult would be entertaining if it wasn’t doing so much damage to this country. America needs to establish some type of mass deprogramming for the 40 million or so sap who have fallen for the Trump con.

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