As has been widely expected, Florida state representative Matt Gaetz will announce today that he is running for Congress. Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach attorney, has served as a Republican member of the state house since 2010.
“Washington’s failures have left the American people with trillions in debt, illegal immigrants sucking us dry, and attacks from Muslim terrorists rising,” said Gaetz in a release. “While I planned to continue serving in the Florida Legislature, the fights we must win to save this country are in Washington. Our Constitution is being ignored, our veterans have been abandoned, and our 2nd Amendment rights are under attack.”
Florida’s first congressional district, which stretches from Escambia to Holmes County, is currently represented by Republican Jeff Miller, who announced earlier this month that he would step down after serving since 2001.
“When Donald Trump is President, Northwest Florida’s voice in Congress must ring loud and clear for bold, conservative reform. Mine will,” said Gaetz. “Whether it was banning Obamacare-funded abortions, blocking attempts to repeal Stand Your Ground, cutting taxes by over $1 Billion, or supporting military families, I’ve been an effective leader in the Florida House. I’m ready to fight and win for Northwest Florida in Congress.”
Gaetz, 33, becomes the fifth candidate to enter the congressional race, joining Republicans Cris Dosev, Brian Frazer, and Mark Wichern and Democrat Amanda Kondrat’yev.