U.S. Rep. Gaetz says he won’t quit his House seat; FL Democratic Party says Gaetz should resign

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz posted on his Instagram account Friday, the day of the historic U.S. House Judiciary Committee impeachment vote. Credit: Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Panhandle Republican under pressure from a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into allegations of a relationship with a 17-year-old girl and other accusations, says he’s not going to resign his seat from Congress, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

And in a Washington Times opinion piece Monday by Gaetz, the lawmaker wrote that “my personal life is and always has been conducted on my own time and my own dime. Consensual adult relationships are not illegal.

“Although I’m sure some partisan crooks in Merrick Garland’s Justice Department want to pervert the truth and the law to go after me, I will not be intimidated or extorted. The battle for America’s future demands gladiators, and I am going to keep getting back up and fighting, every single day.”

Gaetz also added in the opinion piece: “Washington scandal cycles are predictable, and sex is especially potent in politics. Let me first remind everyone that I am a representative in Congress, not a monk, and certainly not a criminal.”

He insisted in the piece: “I am absolutely not resigning.”

Meanwhile, the Florida Democratic Party has called on Gaetz to resign his House seat in Congress immediately, saying, “We know enough details to know the Congressman can no longer properly govern and be trusted to represent the best interests of his constituents.”

The Party also called on Florida U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to comment on their colleague’s “despicable behavior.”

Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.