Rebekah Jones, a Democrat who will face off in opposition to Matt Gaetz in November’s midterms, has closely criticized the GOP Florida congressman after an image of her autistic 12-year-old on-line was posted onto his Facebook web page to mock her marketing campaign.
Jones, a former Florida Department of Health knowledge scientist, posted a video on TikTook in regards to the “disturbing” Facebook picture which was uploaded onto Gaetz’s Facebook on September 10.
The Facebook submit in query was two pictures facet by facet, one displaying dozens of individuals at a marketing campaign occasion for Gaetz, alongside one among a younger baby alone along with his head on the desk at a sales space.
“Gaetz vs Jones campaign events,” the Republican wrote, whereas sharing the pictures onto Facebook.
In the TikTook video, Jones states that her baby is autistic and that she introduced him alongside to the Emerald Coast Holistic Health Expo, which was held at Fort Walton Beach over the weekend.
“And Matt Gaetz apparently had someone take pictures of my 12-year-old autistic son while he was at the booth, by himself and posted it, mocking him on Facebook,” Jones stated.
Jones was fired from her position as an information scientist in Florida over claims she refused to control COVID knowledge to make the state’s outbreak appear much less extreme. She later had her dwelling searched amid allegations that she improperly accessed a division pc system.
In her video, Jones makes reference to the raid at her dwelling, whereas additionally mentioning a felony investigation into Gaetz.
“If you haven’t learned anything from when [Florida Governor Ron] DeSantis raided my house at gunpoint, you don’t f*** with my kids,” Jones stated.
“So why don’t you come on down here? Join me on the debate stage, and we’ll see who’s really the better candidate for Florida’s first district, and you can stop creeping on my children and having pictures taken off them and then reposting them online when they’re sitting alone in public, and events that aren’t even mine,” Jones added.
Jones is because of stand trial in January after allegations she improperly accessed a Florida well being division pc system.
In an announcement to Newsweek, a spokesperson for Gaetz stated: “Rebekah Jones faces virtually certain losses in the November election and in her January criminal trial. To avoid disinformation, we mostly ignore her.”
The Justice Department is investigating Gaetz over allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old lady and paid her to journey with him, together with over state traces.
Gaetz has not been charged with any crime and denies all of the accusations in opposition to him.
In August, The Daily Beast reported that the DoJ will not make any determination on whether or not or to not deliver fees over Gaetz till after the midterms in November to keep away from the looks of influencing folks on easy methods to vote.
Update 09/13/22, 2:09 a.m. ET: This article has been up to date with an announcement from Matt Gaetz’s spokesperson.