October 16, 2021

Top Matt Gaetz aide resigns amid rising scandal

GOP Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is innocent until proven guilty. However, it doesn’t look great for him that a key employee has resigned.

Luke Ball, Gaetz’s communications director, resigned Friday after news broke about an alleged affair the lawmaker had with a 17-year-old, the Daily Caller reported. With Gaetz facing possible sex trafficking charges, Gaetz will need all the public relations help he can get.

“The Office of Congressman Matt Gaetz and Luke Ball have agreed that it would be best to part ways,” Ball and Gaetz said in a generic joint statement. “We thank him for his time in our office, and we wish him the best moving forward.”

Trouble began for Gaetz after news about the affair broke in March, according to Breitbart. The 38-year-old may have had a sexual relationship with the teen and also allegedly showed pictures of nude women to other lawmakers and bragged about sleeping with them — sometimes while on the House floor.

An unnamed Republican in Congress told The Hill that he “won’t last long” amid the accusations. Still, Gaetz has said he will not resign and instead insists the accusations are an attempt to extort $25 million from his father.

Gaetz said on Twitter that the accusations were part of an “ongoing extortion investigation” and claimed he was targeted. “We have been cooperating with federal authorities in this matter and my father has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals,” he claimed.

Republicans appear to be ready to oust him if the allegations are true, which is much different than how the Democrats treated Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA). Despite allegations that he’d had an affair with a Chinese spy, Swalwell remains in his seat and on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The facts will eventually come out one way or the other, but his extortion story doesn’t pass the smell test. Also, the resignation of his top communications professional could signal that the situation is dire for Gaetz.

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CR7 (@guest_1194968)
6 months ago

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MICHAEL (@guest_1195122)
Reply to  CR7
6 months ago

I really hope this is not true.

Olene (@guest_1195276)
Reply to  MICHAEL
6 months ago

I think democrats will do anything to discredit republicans fighting against their agenda. Gaetz is innocent in my eyes un til PROVEN guilty. Shame on those awful democrats who tells lies until you believe they are facts. Do not let them do that!!!

KATHY (@guest_1195487)
Reply to  MICHAEL
6 months ago

I HOPE ITS NOT TRUE EITHER FOR MATT GATES.I BELIEVEHIM WHOLE HEARTLY.IF THIS IS TRUE GET THE PERSON THAT IS DOING THIS AND PUT HIM AWAYFOR LIFE.THIS IS DISGUSTING TO PICK ON THIS BEAUTIFUL MAN.MATT GATES. GOD BLESS YOU MATT GATES WE WILL PRAY FOR YOU TO GET YOU CLEAR OF THIS DISGRACEFUL PERSON WITH LIES.

Margaret (@guest_1204007)
Reply to  MICHAEL
6 months ago

Sounds like someone wants to be rid of him, they don’t like the fact he says what he thinks.Its amazing when he is doing great , probably one of the people in the play for more power, he stands his ground. If I were brave , I could imagine who put up the money, probably a lot of money.

hunter (@guest_1195531)
Reply to  CR7
6 months ago

Go F–k OFF

James Heath (@guest_1196274)
Reply to  hunter
6 months ago

very intelligent reply.

mike anthony gullatt (@guest_1195584)
Reply to  CR7
6 months ago

garbage!!

Robert Waddell (@guest_1195024)
6 months ago

We have enough problems, we don’t need any fuel for DNC lunatics, to burn something up! I think every breathing American should be appalled by the criminality on display by the DNC, people, the Mafia isn’t dead, they just changed their name, it’s now, DNC! They have the FBI, ATF, FEMA, CIA, in their pockets, and they are blackmailing, Chief Justice Roberts!

Olene (@guest_1195278)
Reply to  Robert Waddell
6 months ago

True!!!

rm (@guest_1195543)
Reply to  Robert Waddell
6 months ago

P*U*S*S*Y P-O-L-I-T-I-C-S at its worst, brought to you by the party with a J*A*C*K*A*S*S for a mascot….

ralph (@guest_1196045)
Reply to  rm
6 months ago

love youe comments n so damn true

Robert Waddell (@guest_1195035)
6 months ago

We all know how Obama, and HRC, rigged their own party’s Presidential Nomination Election in 2016, so I ask you, if they will cheat in their own election, is there really people stupid enough to think they didn’t cheat against Trump? The only problem they had in 2016 was that they cheated and still lost, they all know they cheated against Trump in 2020!

Robert Waddell (@guest_1195041)
6 months ago

Blame your enemies, for the crimes you are committing, it causes confusion!

Roy Fredrichsen (@guest_1195169)
Reply to  Robert Waddell
6 months ago

Robert,
As usual, the Democrats are using false information to make all Republicans look like outlaws when it is the Democrats that are the real outlaws.

Dixie (@guest_1195080)
6 months ago

DixieMcgrath The dems are so despert that that they will lie about any body they are losing and they they want let me say the truth about they are on their way out they have messed with me texting this message.

Bubba (@guest_1195320)
Reply to  Dixie
6 months ago

My goodness what next. Matz is a very good person, they hate all the Republicans, they will do and say what ever they want. The Democraps need to be gone, they are a evil bunch of hypocrites, they need to get rid of piglosci as soon as they can, then Biden is next. They need to get rid of the obozo’s as soon as they can, they are the ones that are running the Capitol, they are both leaches, always there with there hands out for more money. Please get rid of Hilary she is a very bad seed.
We need Trump back in the worst way. DJT 2024. We love President Trump and the First Lady, Melina.

KATHY (@guest_1195500)
Reply to  Bubba
6 months ago

I AGREE LOVE TRUMP AND FIRST LADY MELANIA. PRESIDENT TRUMP BOY DO WE NEED YOU NOW. I CANT UNDERSTAND HOW JOE BIDEN IS GETTING AWAY WITH WHATS HAPPENING AT THE BORDER?THIS MAN AND HIS SON BOTH ARE IN TROUBLE?IMPEACH BIDEN HE IS NOT DOING HIS JOB PROTECTING THE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES.IF ALL THESE NUMBERS ARE GOING UP IN OUR COUNTRY ITS BECAUSE HE HAS THE BORDER WIDE OPEN.THEY FOUND OVER 27 CHILDREN WITH COVID-19.THERE ALL SLEEPING ON TOP OF EACH OTHER AND NO MASKS. JOE BIDEN HAS THE NERVE TO AS US TO WEAR 2 MASKS NOW.HE WONT EVEN GO TO THE BORDER.HIS LAUGHING HYHENIA VP LAUGHS WHEN ASK WHEN IS SHE GOING TO THE BORDER?THESE TWO CLOWNS ARE OUR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT.ITS DISGRACEFUL.

Kurt Hartwell (@guest_1195088)
6 months ago

Another sham and Lie!!
Trying to divert from own sins and perversions.

Pollty (@guest_1195106)
6 months ago

The predictable democrats keep doing the same thing ,lying about the ones who show them up.

Granny (@guest_1195128)
Reply to  Pollty
6 months ago

So true. Really shows what trash the are. I hope He hangs in and gives them a run for their money. Bet Pelosi is behind it, she is that low. Utter scum.

Olene (@guest_1195289)
Reply to  Granny
6 months ago

Pelosi earlier said that you tell a lie leak it to the press and after they repeat and repeat it becomes true. Do not this this liar convince you of anything. She couldnt tell the truth if it slapped her. Democrats are scumbags. Sorry but its true and do not let them destroy good people because that is their agenda. They do awful things then blame orhers anything to disguise themselves.

Jon (@guest_1195228)
Reply to  Pollty
6 months ago

get off the digest for you do not belong here to advertise

Edith (@guest_1195111)
6 months ago

Prosecute the criminals…if slandering a good name? Nail those a..holes
IT’S TIME

FREDERICK H SCHULENBURG (@guest_1195116)
6 months ago

if Gaetz has to go then Salwell must go as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Salwell was a lot more problematic for our REPUBLIC

Jo (@guest_1195318)
Reply to  FREDERICK H SCHULENBURG
6 months ago

Damn good idea Frederick what good the goose it good for the gander the left takes first prize! same goes for Hunter Biden smoking crack and lying in bath tub!! God what a damn sick bunch!!!!

Anne J Hosack (@guest_1195117)
6 months ago

Interesting that they haven’t mentioned Cuomo or questioned his accusers. I don’t for one minute believe this about Matt Gates. The demon Rats just can’t help themselves. They keep spewing lies to any fool that will believe them

Geminia (@guest_1195131)
6 months ago

MATT GATES IS A TRUE AMERIAN CONSERVATIVE PRO AMERICA PRO TRUMP PRO ALL THAT IS GOOD

THIS IS A TYPICAL LEFT WING RADICAL COMMUNIST NEO-NAZI ATTEMPT TO DEMONIZE ALL WHAT IS LEFT GOOD IN OUR COUNTRY — HOW IS THE HELL CAN THAT TREASONOUS INSTESTUAL SLOB SWALLWELL GET AWAY WITH MURDER OUR POOR COUNTRY IS IN SUCH A WORLD OF HURT BIDEN AND THE ENTIRE SQUAD OF FREAKS NEEDS TO GO NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

Olene (@guest_1195294)
Reply to  Geminia
6 months ago

SO TRUE!!!!

Kevin (@guest_1195132)
6 months ago

This is how the demonrats work with their media accomplices. Go after the ones that stand up against them

Maredu (@guest_1195134)
6 months ago

Dems, you get a little power and you RUN WITH IT!!! Anne, they spew lies to everyone about anything that intrudes on their power! Matt Gaetz is a threat.

Dan (@guest_1195149)
Reply to  Maredu
6 months ago

Gaetz is a FRAUD, just like Trump!!!!

Bubba (@guest_1195327)
Reply to  Dan
6 months ago

Go on a bother website, we don’t need your comments.

Carol D. Cole (@guest_1195434)
Reply to  Dan
6 months ago

Sorry Dan, but you have to get your eyesight and your hearing checked. Also, Mr. Dan , who really cares what you think at this point. You probably have relatives who work for the news media and all they have are rumors but they still run with it.

Bessie Vest (@guest_1195147)
6 months ago

The DEMON(CRATS) ARE SO DESPERATE, THEY WILL TRY ANYTHING!! If I was Matt Gaetz, I would not resign!! The reason they are doing this is because they don’t know what to do about Cuomo, because he refuses to resign!! Remember what they did to KAVANAUGH AND THEN PRESIDENT TRUMP WITH STORMY DANIELS?? THEY SHOULD ALL BE IN PRISON FOR TREASON AND INSURRECTION!!!

Stephen Russell (@guest_1195150)
6 months ago

Read he voted 10X against Trump policies, another RINO

diane ehr (@guest_1195158)
6 months ago

The democrats will do anything to get rid of a republican just look at Pelosi and trying to get rid of Meeks and the election had been certified. It wouldn’t put it past me that Pelosi had a hand in this scandal!!

IlliniGuy (@guest_1195159)
6 months ago

Gaetz just got engaged recently, I believe. The info that he showed lewd photos in the House and his crossing state lines with a minor, I find suspect. I’d rather wait to hear what goes on with the who is making those allegations. I hope that tis is just more BS from the corrupt Left.

Ettta (@guest_1195170)
6 months ago

Term limits would take care of a lot of this BS!!! The demoRATS have been at the trough too long & will try to destroy anyone who is a real threat. Why wasn’t something done about Swalwell????? I don’t believe Gaetz did this but they are afraid he might someday run for President & they want to destroy him. Wondering if Bill Barr figures in this. Never did trust Barr & he did NOTHING but draw a fat salary.

Samuel Meachem (@guest_1195184)
6 months ago

This is where a Republican is guilty until proven innocent. Not like the Democrats, they are always innocent, no matter what. The pedophile Joe Biden is proof of that. Don’t listen to the women, if it is about a Democrat. But with a Republican. A woman is always right.,

Tim (@guest_1195191)
6 months ago

typical double standards. Matt is innocent until proven guilty. That works for all demorats and commies but not Republicans. Republicans are spineless and turn on each other quick. The demonrats round up the wagaons and fight even though their people are guilty. What happened to Biden’s accusers? What happened so far with Commie in New York? Exactly….Me 2 is bias and selective as usual.

Doris (@guest_1195207)
6 months ago

Hang in there Matt, innocent until proven guilty.

Kathy Jo Wistert (@guest_1195211)
6 months ago

Enough of this Trash, hate, nasty and bad mouthing and making bad things up about and lying about President good conservative congressmen and senators like Matt Gaetz, Ted Cruz and their like. It is you good-for-nothing, Criminal, Treasonous, Domestic Terrorist, War Criminal, American, God and Christian, Family, Law Enforcement and Military, Conservative, Patriot, and Trump HATING leftist, liberal, DEMON RATS who are the most Corrupt, Evil, Bad, Wicked, OFFENSIVE, MEAN, CRUEL, ABUSIVE, behavior problems. So don’t go projecting or blaming any of your sins, crimes on wrong doings an any of them. Start taking and accepting responsibility and accountability for your own wrong doings, sins and crimes, ONLY!

Corky Neet (@guest_1195218)
6 months ago

They want to hang him for “allegedly sleeping with a 17 yr old but the guy who sleeps with a Chinese Spy they let remain on an intelligence committee.
Another snafu being committed by the left, its getting so one loses count of their crimes against our country.

William E Gordon Sr USAF Ret (@guest_1195222)
6 months ago

This is the difference between the Republicans’ and democratic parties. One has an honest back ground that the democratic continue try to change. I find over the history of the democratic party since 1964-have been completely a bunch of liar’s/commie/and from what I see and hear –are going over the back trying to make a Cuba or Venezuela out of us. Time the in tire democratic s get a investigation–unknow by any democratic–to see what is going on. I as an American do not trust any current active member of congress. They all give me the knowledge of all being international criminals

AltArmy (@guest_1195249)
6 months ago

Ah, the UnAmerican Digest chickens come home to roost. With Trump gone, someone of equal character has to leap into the limelight. Gaetz is perfect!

ajk (@guest_1195271)
6 months ago

Sleeping with a Chinese SPY is perfectly fine with the Pelosi Crew but if the Democrat slept with a 17 year old …hmmm…time for revolt…crucify him, they say!! You know today “17” is like yesterday’s 20…a grown person..aside from that…Mr. Gaetz…do NOT give in…Fight! Lord forgive them for they know not what they do!

Sharon C King (@guest_1195272)
6 months ago

Matt, if these allegations are FALSE then remain STRONG ! I’m praying that TRUTH will come forth…..

Conrad (@guest_1195283)
6 months ago

I will bet this whole thing is cooked up by the crooked Democrats they will try anything there is not a honest one

Stephen C Banas (@guest_1195284)
6 months ago

Dang, with these kinds of accusations as a democrat Matt would be leading the field in 2024! Oh, that’s right
Matt’s not a democrat!

Michael Saunders (@guest_1195376)
6 months ago

The democrats are trying to do this to Matt because they hate him. It is all lies from the democrats.

tom matt (@guest_1195419)
6 months ago

Does it surprise anyone that a member of Congress from either Party would do anything that is illegal ,base , lewd or untruthful ???Why don’t we SEAT a Citizens Grand Jury and investigate EVERY ONE OF THEM ??? If you won’t publish this :please don’t state that I have already posted this or I have posted too fast . thanks tkm

william hopkins (@guest_1195516)
6 months ago

. . . . “My Dad is wearing a wire to catch them !” . . Well, good luck with that now that the world knows YOURR DAD IS WEARING A WIRE ! . . . . I don’t believe any of these accusations are true, BTW !

Judy (@guest_1195631)
6 months ago

i love Matt Gatez. I think he is very honorable. Democrats need to be thrown out. I hope the people who voted for this mess are very happy. Our country is going to hell.

Mary Wooldridge (@guest_1195801)
6 months ago

Where’s your proof or fact checking Dan?

dan (@guest_1196027)
6 months ago

If this is the case obiden should resign now.

John D Kelly (@guest_1196206)
6 months ago

Gaetz is one of several on the list of rising Republicans they wish to discredit; PLUS he was an advocate for recount. They had a President who coerced an intern to service him in the Oval Office and the current impostor has a staffer who credibly accused him of molesting her; plus a long list of women & children who had his hands on them without invitation. This is a hit job.

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