(TargetLiberty.org) – On Monday, NBC News reported that Representative Matt Gaetz while speaking at a weekend reception in Tallahassee implied that he was intending to run in Florida’s gubernatorial election in 2026. This news has been supported by many conservatives, including Donald Trump Jr. who has stated that if Gaetz joins the race he would “campaign aggressively” in his favor.
However, Gaetz recently told NBC News that currently his focus was on the 2024 presidential election and helping former President Donald Trump win. He further pointed out that as of right now his state had an “outstanding governor.” Governor Ron DeSantis is going to be facing term limits in 2026, which would mean that even if Gaetz joined the race he would not be going against him. Despite this, Gaetz attempted to create distance between himself and the story about him running for governor which he referred to as “overblown clickbait.”
In a statement to Newsweek, Gaetz pointed out that he had recently run into many of his former colleagues from the state legislature who had pushed him to return to Florida, but that his focus right now was not on that. Instead, his “sole mission” currently was pushing forward a resolution focused on the weaponization of the federal government, funding for Ukraine, and Special Counsel Jack Smith.
Last month during a live-streamed interview on Rumble, Trump Jr. had asked Gaetz whether he had presidential aspirations. In response, Gaetz had stated that he did not.
Trump then said “Matt Gaetz for governor!” which was also supported by his fiancée, Kimberly Guilfoyle, as an idea.
Gaetz then said that he would enjoy having that job and that if given the opportunity he would not leave it.
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