Doral, Florida - Congressman Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, represents the Panhandle, but this month he has been visiting Republican groups throughout the state. This week he visited the Florida Keys, to report on the situation in Congress from a conservative perspective, and perhaps also to lay the groundwork for a Senate campaign in the future.
He was one of 20 courageous conservatives who extracted concessions from Speaker McCarthy when he sought election to his office. Afterwards they were betrayed, together with the American people, by Speaker McCarthy’s deal with the Democrats to lift the debt ceiling, without stopping spending or defunding new IRS agents. We need more courageous conservatives like him and other Florida Republican Congressmen like Byron Donalds and Ana Paulina Luna. Future fights loom with the RINO leadership of the House, especially with a Speaker who relies on Democrats to pass legislation. Congress is in the grip of a bipartisan spending cartel.
Congressman Gaetz has been active back in Washington, recently co-signing a letter to the Republican Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee proposing to defund the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. This federal bureaucracy has been shutting down gun shops for even the most innocent of clerical errors. He proposes to use the Holman Rule, which allows congress to amend appropriations legislation, in order to fire federal bureaucrats and eliminate specific programs. He is focused on holding the administrative state accountable to citizens, voters and taxpayers. He takes no money from PAC’s or other lobbyists, so that he can avoid the log-rolling, pay-to-play, process in Congress.
He is a champion of fiscal responsibility, and he noted that federal spending since the arrival of the Wuhan virus has increased by 40%. This is not sustainable, and has led to rates of inflation not seen in 40 years. This spending and inflation is undermining the value of the United States Dollar as the world’s reserve currency and currency for trade. Under Bidenomics workers are losing purchasing power. All government spending, including defense spending, should be radically reduced, and the additional 87,000 IRS agents should be fired.
The audience of around 100 people supported him enthusiastically. They were mostly members of the Middle Keys Republican Club, reflecting the more conservative makeup of that part of the Florida Keys compared with Key West. Several are refugees from progressive socialism in Blue States, including a chemical engineer from upstate New York who started a consulting business for waste-to-energy green projects, but moved because of the high taxes and onerous regulations. The audience overwhelmingly supports Trump for President, despite their affection for Governor DeSantis, who has been endorsed by the Republican state representative of this district.
The audience also shared his Ukraine fatigue. He represents a Congressional district with a large military population, and he is sensitive to foreign policy issues. He noted that Western energy policy is funding the Russian war machine. He also supports reviving the Monroe Doctrine, especially considering that China has established a base in Cuba, and operates both ends of the Panama Canal.
He supports Congressional term limits and balanced-budget legislation, and he is using the Holman Rule to allow Congress to defund the administrative state. It is ironic that Congress, the first branch of our federal government, established by Article I of the Constitution, has to struggle to rein in the fourth branch of our federal government, not established by any Article of the Constitution - - the administrative state.
In a recent Congressional hearing, he criticized Special Counsel Durham for not indicting anyone significant in his investigation of the Russia collusion hoax. If you can indict a ham sandwich, like they have indicted former President Trump, then why couldn’t Durham indict any of the major players in this hoax? Durham is part of the cover up.
Florida has become a reliably Red State, on a statewide basis but not in certain localities, similar to the situation in Texas. See: https://ktrh.iheart.com/featured/houston-texas-news/content/2023-06-29-why-you-should-question-republican-leaders-loyalty/. Despite Democrat-leaning Key West, the Florida Keys are mostly Republican. The real political battles in Florida occur inside the Republican party and its primaries.