Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) can’t expect much support from his fellow congressional Republicans — who have been waiting for a seemingly inevitable career-ending scandal.
The 38-year-old congressman has not won many friends since his 2016 election, and more than a half-dozen lawmakers told The Daily Beast that Gaetz loved alcohol, illegal drugs and younger women, and it was well-known among Republican lawmakers that he was dating a college student in 2018 who had come to Washington as an intern.
“Even the Republican Party doesn’t like him very much,” said one Republican operative.
Gaetz appears to be under investigation for sex trafficking involving a minor, which he claims is part of an elaborate $25 million extortion scheme possibly involving an elaborate hostage rescue in Iran, but few Republicans rushed to his defense in the first 24 hours of the scandal.
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