Summary List Placement
Sleeping with married legislators. Spending the night at a college sorority house.
These were specific ways now-US Rep. Matt Gaetz and other Florida lawmakers could earn “extra points” in a sex competition in which Gaetz is accused of participating when he served in the state’s House of Representatives, a female GOP insider who worked with Gaetz in the 2010s told Insider in an interview.
The sex competition even involved the “Harry Potter” book series, the GOP source told Insider.
Anyone who had sex with a certain conservative woman “won the whole game regardless of points,” she said. That woman was known as the “snitch,” a nod to the Harry Potter game of Quidditch. The GOP source said she “heard specific references of Gaetz being involved and scoring points.” She declined to name the woman to protect her privacy.
Her accusations about Gaetz’s participation in this sex competition builds upon others. Chris Latvala, a Republican state representative who overlapped with Gaetz in the Florida House, accused Gaetz in a 2020 tweet of creating a “game where members of the FL House got ‘points’ for sleeping with aides, interns, lobbyists, and married legislators.” Another way to obtain points was to have sex with “virgins,” ABC reported this week.
The existence of the “game” among male lawmakers was the “worst kept secret in Tallahassee,” the GOP insider said. Lawmakers who participated publicly boasted about it, even among their female colleagues; some male legislators who didn’t participate jokingly lamented the fact that they abstained.
The hyper-sexualized and notoriously fratty culture in Florida’s state capital is getting renewed scrutiny after the New York Times reported that Gaetz is the subject of a Justice Department investigation into whether he broke sex trafficking laws with a 17-year-old girl in 2019.
Gaetz denies the allegations and claims he’s the victim of a criminal extortion scheme against his family. Gaetz has also denied any knowledge of the sex competition in Tallahassee.
The congressman’s office did not respond to Insider’s request for comment about the allegations about Gaetz’s conduct.
‘Such a skeeze’
Just about everyone in Gaetz’s orbit — former staffers in Florida, ex-Trump officials, and Capitol Hill aides — have been gossiping about the congressman’s legal and PR woes this week.
At least one former staffer said she saw her work for Gaetz in a new light after news of the investigation broke.
After Insider informed her of the sex trafficking allegations during an interview, …read more
Source:: Business Insider