Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has served in the House since 2017, but he is now looking at a strategic move to help President Trump. Washington, DC is stunned by his announcement.
A Republican lawmaker close to Gaetz said, “He’s talking about running for Senate in Alabama. They have a one-day residency requirement there. POTUS [President of the United States] would probably endorse him.”
The U.S. Senate seat in Alabama currently held by Doug Jones, a Democrat, comes open in 2020 — the same year President Trump is running for re-election. Since Jones’s victory was a fluke, Gaetz would be a shoo-in to defeat him.
Furthermore, Trump’s approval in Alabama currently sits at a comfortable 61-percent. Gaetz receiving an endorsement from the president would seal the deal. As a fellow Republican congressman from Florida explained, “He can probably win.”
He elaborated: “The Florida Panhandle is just like Mississippi and Alabama — it’s Trump country, and he’s probably got one of the best districts for Trump. Sometimes that’s all it takes.”
Gaetz would face a primary opponent in Rep. Bradley Byrne, who currently has over $2 million to spend on campaign activities. It is presumed that Gaetz would quickly eclipse Byrne and become the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.
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