Rep. Matt Gaetz, a fiery Florida congressman and ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump, is reportedly planning to leave Congress at the end of his current term to join Newsmax TV, the country’s fourth-largest cable news network.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has privately told confidants that he’s considering not running for re-election and instead taking a position at Newsmax, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the talks.
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Gaetz is a controversial figure on the right who gained notoriety as a staunch supporter of former President Trump. In addition, the Republican represents a politically strong district in Florida’s panhandle.
Gaetz has hinted to some of his allies that he wants to work in the media and has considered a job at Newsmax.
According to Axios, it’s uncertain what kind of work Gaetz is searching for, but it doesn’t seem probable that he’ll only become a daily news correspondent.
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According to Axios’ sources, Gaetz is more interested in a role as a frequent contributor or even the host of a new show, as former GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, a rising star at Fox News, has done.
Is Gaetz, on the other hand, done with politics? Those who are whispering to Axios correspondents say no way.
In reality, it’s possible that Gaetz is actually stepping up his media profile to bolster his conservative policy credentials in preparation for a larger political position in a potential GOP administration — and perhaps even a future Trump administration, should the former president seek re-election in 2024.
“Gaetz, 38, attended Florida State University and graduated from the College of William and Mary with a law degree. Before being elected to Congress in 2016, he served in the Florida House,” Axios added.
“In midterm elections, the out-of-power party continues to win seats, increasing the risk of Republicans gaining control of the House in 2022.
Bill Shine, John Bolton, and Larry Kudlow, all former Fox executives, later joined Trump’s administration.
Gaetz, for one, seems to already possess influence within the GOP’s sprawling ‘MAGA’ faction. In late January, he traveled to Wyoming to campaign against Rep. Liz Cheney, the House’s No. 3 Republican, who has already faced many Republican challengers for her seat in 2022. (and polling-wise, she is already underwater).
“I believe Liz Cheney should hold a rally for all of her supporters inside one of the capitol elevators and still have plenty of space for social distancing,” Gaetz told a crowd at the Wyoming Capitol Building.