PENSACOLA, Fla. – Embattled Northwest Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz will be a featured speaker at a conference being held at former President Donald Trump’s Doral golf club and resort.
The “Save America Summit” where Gaetz is speaking is being organized by Women for America First, the same organization that paid for the federal permit for the now infamous Jan. 6 “Save America” rally that ended with thousands of people storming the U.S. Capitol in a riot that left five people dead.
Gaetz tweeted confirmation of his appearance at the conference Tuesday afternoon.
“Thank you to “Women for America First” for the invitation to share my vision for our great nation,” Gaetz said.
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Gaetz is under investigation over allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and that he paid for sex with other women. Reporting since news of the investigation broke has prompted other allegations that Gaetz showed photos of nude women with whom he was having a sexual relationship with to colleagues, including on the House floor.
Gaetz has vehemently denied all of the allegations, saying he never did anything illegal. He has not been charged with a crime.
Gaetz’s scheduled appearance on Friday in South Florida is reportedly the first time he will appear before a live audience since news of the investigation became public.
Gaetz will likely have a very friendly audience when he speaks at the event.
Women for America First chairwoman Amy Kremer told Fox News that the organization is aware of the controversy about Gaetz.
“We know firsthand what it is like to be treated unfairly by the mainstream media. We know that partisan political witch hunts are standard operating procedure for many in the media,” Kremer said. “We believe that you are innocent until proven guilty.”
Women for America First has previously denounced the violence that occurred at the capitol after their rally Jan. 6.
The group is hosting its Doral conference to discuss topics that include “election integrity,” “big tech and censorship” and “protecting the 1st and 2nd Amendments,” among other topics.
The organization promoted Gaetz’s appearance at their event.
“Few members of Congress have been more willing than Matt to stand up and fight on behalf of President Trump and his America First Agenda,” it said on its Facebook page.
General admission tickets to the four-day summit start at $500 and some packages, which include multiple VIP sessions, cost as much as $5,000. Tickets to Gaetz’s remarks also are being sold separately for $500 as a dinner at the conference dubbed BBQ, Boots and Bluegrass with Congressman Matt Gaetz.
Jim Little can be reached at [email protected] and 850-208-9827.