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Matt Gaetz's 2020 book about life as 'a fun-loving politician' in DC seen in new light after sex-trafficking allegations

Published by Business Insider on Sat, 03 Apr 2021


<p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/60684a6da7d803001963ea07-2400/GettyImages-1204073324.jpg" border="0" alt="Matt Gaetz" data-mce-source="Drew Angerer/Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) awaits the State of the Union address in the chamber of the House of Representatives on February 4, 2020 in Washington, DC."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Excerpts from<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-says-he-wont-resign-from-office-report-2021-4">&nbsp;Rep. Matt Gaetz's book</a> published last year are taking on new meaning after reports that the Florida lawmaker is under a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-investigation-looking-into-cash-paid-directly-women-nyt-2021-4">sex trafficking investigation.</a></p><p>In his book "Firebrand: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the MAGA Revolution," which came out in September 2020, Gaetz writes about what it's like to date in Washington and how he is finding life as a politician.</p><p>"We've got a president now who doesn't care for puritanical grandstanding or moralistic preening. He is a lot more direct, even visceral, open, and realistic about his likes and dislikes, so overall, this is a good time to be a fun-loving politician instead of a stick-in-the-mud," Gaetz writes in the book, according to <a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/09/matt-gaetz-donald-trump-firebrand" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Vanity Fair</a>.</p><p><em><strong>Read more: </strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-staff-hair-makeup-tv-twitter-controversies-2021-4">Inside Matt Gaetz's office, where surprisesfrom doing the boss' TV makeup to cleaning up after messy controversiesare part of the job</a></em></p><p>"I have an active social life, and it's probably easier in the era of Trump," he continues. "We've had 'perfect family man' presidents before, after all, and many of those men sold out our country, even if their wives were happy the whole time."</p><p>"If politicians' family lives aren't what really matter to the voters, maybe that's a good thing. I'm a representative, not a monk," Gaetz adds.&nbsp;</p><p>Gaetz is a long-standing Trump ally, who was once was called one of Congress's "most controversial members" who has "unabashedly aligned himself with Trump on basically all things," <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/02/26/rep-matt-gaetzs-very-witness-tamper-y-michael-cohen-tweet/">according to the Washington Post.</a></p><p>According to Vanity Fair, the Florida Republican goes on into more detail about his dating life in the book, writing: "I knew going in how many people had been brought down by sexual missteps in this town, so I set some rules to help me err on the safe(r) side."</p><p>"In Washington, safe sex means in part: no dating lobbyists, no dating your staff members, and I should have added no dating reporters, but I didn't at first," he adds.</p><p>Gaetz is currently engaged to <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-fiance-ginger-luckey-harvard-business-school-2021-4">Ginger Luckey, a 26-year-old Harvard business student</a>&nbsp;who once called herself his "travel buddy."</p><p>In another part of the book, Gaetz writes about his former Republican colleagues, Pat Meehan and Blake Farenthold, who both resigned while under investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and the use of taxpayer funds.</p><p>"It's risky to date in a town where there's potentially a thin line between love and blackmail, or at least love and bad PR," he wrote, according to Vanity Fair.&nbsp;</p><p>His book has come back under the spotlight after the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-spokesperson-resigns-amid-sex-trafficking-allegations-2021-4">New York Times reported this week</a>&nbsp;that the Justice Department was investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl in 2019 and broke federal sex-trafficking laws.</p><p>The scandaldubbed "Gaetzgate"has <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-sex-trafficking-extortion-investigation-explainer-timeline-2021-3">taken on many turns in a short amount of time.</a></p><p>Among other allegations, Gaetz is accused of reportedly&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/doj-investigating-if-matt-gaetz-misused-campaign-funds-for-travel-2021-4" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-analytics-post-depth="80" data-uri="bb0a1b5273c8d8cb5afb828de634a944" data-analytics-module="body_link">using campaign money to fund travel and other expenses</a>&nbsp;for women, paying women for sex, and participating in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-sex-game-florida-staffers-sororities-snitch-harry-potter-2021-4" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="80" data-uri="dec69588c72f06f3a2260572a5a14fd7">a sex game that included a "Harry Potter" challenge</a>&nbsp;and "extra points" for sleeping in sorority houses.</p><p>Gaetz has denied all the allegations against him and&nbsp;claims the investigation into him is part of <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-claim-doj-extortion-scheme-doesnt-add-up-2021-3" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="100" data-uri="584c8c6cf30402ff119d6177814afb56">an elaborate scheme to extort his family</a>&nbsp;for $25 million.</p><p>He said on Friday that he has <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-says-he-wont-resign-from-office-report-2021-4">no intention</a> of resigning anytime soon.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/quotes-matt-gaetz-2020-book-take-new-meaning-after-allegations-2021-4#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-parasite-delivered-one-of-the-best-twists-in-cinema-2020-2">What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence</a></p>
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