Matt Gaetz’s no good — but not so horrible — 2021. What’s next?

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In March of 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that it was investigating 39-year-old Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., over allegations that he’d had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. At the time, the public had every reason to believe the probe would be career-ending for the Florida flamethrower. According to Axios, Gaetz had already been “seriously considering” bowing out of a re-election bid, instead eyeing a position at the conservative network Newsmax. GOP insiders further told Politico in early April that Gaetz had been notorious for his “reckless” lifestyle and many regarded him as “a grenade whose pin had already been pulled.” Even Gaetz’s apparent allies among the far-right – some of whom were well-practiced in the art of demurring sexual assault allegations – refrained from rushing to the lawmaker’s defense. 

While Gaetz has…

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