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12 questions for Gov. DeSantis about Rep. Gaetz

April 2, 2021

Contact: Damien Filer / 850-212-1858 /

TALLAHASSEE -- Ron DeSantis and Matt Gaetz have been close friends and allies since their time in Congress together. Below are 12 questions Progress Florida and Florida Watch have for DeSantis about the scandal and accusations swirling around Gaetz.

Matt Gaetz managed your transition team when you were elected governor. He has called you “the best governor in America” and has said you will be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2024 if Donald Trump isn’t.

  1. Do you have a reaction to the accusations against him?
  2. When and how did you learn about these accusations?
  3. Have you spoken to him about them?
  4. When was the last time you spoke to him?
  5. Did he ever show you pictures of nude women he claimed to have slept with?
  6. Are you aware of him paying women for sex?
  7. Are you aware of Gaetz ever having had sexual contact with a minor?
  8. Gaetz already had a reputation when you hired him to manage your transition. Can you explain why you’re friends and why you trusted him with such an important job?
  9. Would you consider hiring him again?
  10. Do you believe Gaetz or his accusers?
  11. Do you have any knowledge of Gaetz using ecstasy or other illegal drugs?
  12. Do you think he should resign?