Gaetz has told sources he may not run for a third term in 2022. He has already reportedly initiated discussions with Newsmax about joining the conservative network as a host or commentator.
Newsmax has quickly grown following the 2020 presidential election. Many conservatives sought an alternative to Fox News, claiming the network was leaving its values to appease mainstream viewers.
The growing conservative network has actively recruited other Trump allies in recent months. Andrew Guiliani, an adviser to former President Donald Trump and son of Trump attorney Rudy Guiliani, joined Newsmax earlier in March.
Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary for Trump, also joined Newsmax in 2020.
Gaetz has been known for his support of the former president. The Congressman also led the Republican effort to remove Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) after she voted to impeach Trump in January.
The report comes as Gaetz released a statement denying sexual misconduct allegations.
Over the past several weeks my family and I have been victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name.
We have been cooperating with federal authorities in tion this matter…
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) March 30, 2021
The Congressman will face many difficult decisions in the days ahead. In addition to deciding whether to run for reelection or to join Newsmax, other reports have suggested Gaetz may even move to Alabama in preparation for a future Senate run.