Gaetz Says He Won’t Run For Rubio’s Senate Seat, But He Might Run For Commissioner Of Agriculture

January 20, 2021

Northwest Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has put an end to speculation that he might run in 2022 for the seat currently held by Sen. Marco Rubio.

But he’s not ruling out a possible run for a state office with a seat on the Florida Cabinet.

“I have no interest in running against Marco Rubio for the US Senate,” Gaetz tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “In 2022, the only statewide position I would consider running for in the current political climate is Commissioner of Agriculture. But things can change! (Not the Senate thing though).”

Gaetz is now in his third term in the U.S. House. He is known for his staunch support of Donald Trump, appearing at numerous Trump rallies and opening for the president at the Republican National Convention. He’s also known for his frequent appearances on Fox News.

Democrat Nikki Fried is the current Florida agriculture commissioner and as such is the highest elected Democrat in the state.

Gaetz tweeted: “Florida deserves a Commissioner of Agriculture who will print on every weapons license: ‘The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights authorizes every American to openly bear arms.’ Regardless of party.”

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Comments

31 Responses to “Gaetz Says He Won’t Run For Rubio’s Senate Seat, But He Might Run For Commissioner Of Agriculture”

  1. Thomas Paine on January 23rd, 2021 7:36 pm

    @Gilbert Saenz

    “President Trump”

    I have some news for you. You might want to sit down.

  2. Gilbert Saenz on January 22nd, 2021 3:25 pm

    Matt, keep up the fantastic work. I’m behind you, president Trump and Juan O Savin. All right thinking patriots.

  3. David Huie Green on January 21st, 2021 11:20 am

    REGARDING THE STATEMENT:
    “The 2nd amendment does not give every American the right to bear arms. Only those that are part of a “well regulated militia” ”

    Regulation of a militia was already covered in the Constitution. The introductory phrase says it is necessary. It DOES NOT say “the right of militias shall not.”

    In fact, a RIGHT is a thing which is NOT regulated by others.

    It says “the right of the people” not just certain people or groups of people. Saying otherwise is simply lying.

    Further, the right is not GIVEN.

    The Second Amendment acknowledges it is an EXISTING right by saying it will not be infringed, that nothing else in the Constitution takes it away. This doesn’t just mean Congress or the federal government. The Constitution is an agreement among people of states and all agreed the right is left to the people, not to any of the governments involved.
    States can’t take it away.
    Counties can’t take it away.
    Cities can’t take it away.
    Only individuals in their own homes can limit who they let in.

    None of which makes Gaetz better. Support of liars is bad.

    David for truth

  4. suzy on January 21st, 2021 9:35 am

    Gaetz needs to move to Palm Beach and hire himself out to Mar A Lago as a towel boy. It’s the only job he’s qualified to do. He is nothing but an embarassment and a disgrace to our district.

  5. joy bryant on January 21st, 2021 8:00 am

    I think SPREADING MANURE is the EXACT job he would be good at – agriculture is PERFECT for this liar

  6. Kate on January 21st, 2021 7:51 am

    He puts out enough Manure to be in agriculture.

  7. Gmh on January 20th, 2021 10:39 pm

    Matt Gates would not have a chance in hell of winning a state wide election.

  8. William Lingo on January 20th, 2021 9:49 pm

    The 2nd amendment does give every American the right to Keep and Bear Arms, we have that right so we can form militias against a tyrannical government. That is exactly their intention because of the way the British tried to disarm colonist to prevent them from rebelling against king of England. The founding fathers understood very well how a well intentioned government can become a tyrannical government and the people must be able to defend themselves from that tyranny

  9. Not for me on January 20th, 2021 7:59 pm

    He would make a great agricultural secretary because gasoline pumps must start on zero and that’s what he amounts to.

  10. StraightShooter on January 20th, 2021 7:23 pm

    My Two Cents. There will never be a Politian that pleases everyone. Matt has fought for the people of Florida and the ones who elected him. Gaetz for President ????

  11. Don on January 20th, 2021 6:14 pm

    Matt got my vote and money and will gladly give it again gi away snowflakes

  12. William Lingo on January 20th, 2021 3:03 pm

    Bob in Baker, the 2nd amendment clearly says the right to keep and “bear” arms, to bear means to possess on one’s person, it doesn’t say only to “keep” at home, it simply says the right to KEEPING and BEAR arms!!!! it plain and simple language, keep equals storing in their home, bear equals to have in physical possession!!!

  13. Cancel Culture on January 20th, 2021 2:11 pm

    Matt has do an AWESOME job representing us… So proud of him !! And for you liberal internet attorneys here, the second amendment absolutely allows for every citizy to bear arms… There’s always two sides to a coin, obviously your rights can’t infringe on another’s… I can’t bring my riffle into your home or private business if you have revoked consent… Open carry advocates understand this without needing a footnote everytime this conversation is initiated… And if you asked Matt for a more detailed answer I’m %100 sure he’s against convicted violent criminals owning firearms… Sad day when many would run through a fiery forrest to take a malicious jab at a man standing for individual liberties… Your self hate is real…

  14. Mike O'Farrell on January 20th, 2021 12:23 pm

    Will he be moving to Mar-a-lago? lol

  15. pencil on January 20th, 2021 11:41 am

    Gaetz will be running for President of Cell Block C if they find out he was one of the congressmen that gave “reconnaissance” tours to the terrorist ahead of the riots.

  16. Bob on January 20th, 2021 11:13 am

    Matt Gaetz is the greatest shame our country has to offer. His hypocrisy is only overshadowed by his greed and pettiness.

    The only reasons he has managed to get into office is his family’s wealth and the fact that the people of the Gulf Coast will gladly vote against their own interests if it means they get to “own the libs”.

  17. Bigblock345 on January 20th, 2021 10:56 am

    On May 15, 1718, Englishman James Puckle patented his machine gun, the world’s first! So, I’m pretty sure the founding fathers knew of advanced weapons. This whole idea of the 2nd only covers muskets and single shot rifles was started by deceivers and perpetuated by idiots.

  18. Alex on January 20th, 2021 10:35 am

    I find it amusing that the Com of Ag has a Concealed Weapons License and a medical marijuana card. It’s not legal for her to purchase a firearm under Federal law (perfectly legal to own one, just not purchase.)

  19. BT on January 20th, 2021 10:28 am

    Hope he doesn’t leave congress.
    We need him there keeping us safe from the dark state, pedophile lizard people.

    God knows, without him these extremists might take over congress with their conspiracy theories and do untold damage to our republic.

  20. BeulahGal on January 20th, 2021 10:24 am

    The 2nd Amendment says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    It was written after British troops tried to seize colonists’ guns in an effort to prevent the Revolutionary War. It was a promise that Americans would be able to own rifles and pistols.

    It doesn’t guarantee the right to open carry in a grocery store. It doesn’t even guarantee the right to own an AK-47 or an Uzi.

    How comfortable would you feel if every gang member and wife beater who hasn’t yet been convicted of a felony walked into Walmart with a loaded pistol?

    I support responsible gun ownership, and while I like the idea of open carry on one side, I can certainly see a lot of problems if anyone and everyone is allowed to carry anywhere, anytime.

    It’s too bad we don’t have a time machine to show our founding fathers the population growth and development of automatic weapons and ask them to be a little more specific.

  21. Henry W Coe on January 20th, 2021 9:07 am

    People saying Geatz has done a great job in Congress, except for breaking House Rules and being disruptive during Trump’s first impeachment, in context to his job as a Representative, what has he done?
    I’m happy he supports open carry and the 2nd Amendment, but what has he actually done? Has he written any legislation? Ever?

  22. Thomas Paine on January 20th, 2021 9:07 am

    @JTV
    Might wanna grab your glasses and read the Second Amendment again. That’s a pretty liberal interpretation of what it says.

    Matt Gaetz is an embarrassment to our area. The sooner he’s out of office, the better.

  23. retired on January 20th, 2021 8:57 am

    Congressman Matt Gaetz is great we need more like him. Wish we could impeach Pilosi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I will vote for him, he will fight for the people

  24. SueB on January 20th, 2021 8:27 am

    If you run for Commissioner of Agriculture you will get our vote to get rid of Ms N. Although you fight a good fight as Congressman! Keep up the fight!

    20 JAN 2021 is a sad sad day for America and Pres Trump.

  25. Bigblock345 on January 20th, 2021 7:44 am

    You will have my vote.

  26. Safebear on January 20th, 2021 6:54 am

    I’m OK with the 2nd amendment but Gaetz is just like Tommy Tuberville in Alabama. He don’t know the constitution. The 2nd amendment does not give every American the right to bear arms. Only those that are part of a “well regulated militia” and I don’t see any of y’all lining up at the military recruitment center. maybe he and Nester can join and get a tent together…

  27. bob in baker on January 20th, 2021 6:33 am

    Matt. Actually the second amendment says “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” It doesn’t say anything about openly bearing arms. As a lawyer, you should know that. Or have you forgotten, like you’ve forgotten your oath as a member of the house to uphold the constitution.

  28. Just saying on January 20th, 2021 6:08 am

    Nester will get to spend more time with him if he runs for state office.

  29. JTV on January 20th, 2021 5:28 am

    I agree with his tweet. The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights authorizes every American to openly bear arms. You have my vote.

  30. Frank Denali on January 20th, 2021 3:44 am

    Matt is who we need for president. You weak Republicans and weak conservatives severely underestimate the left and their tactics. If you give these lunatics an inch they will take a mile and your wallet. Matt is exactly who we need to stand up against the perversion of the left.

  31. Dwr on January 20th, 2021 3:05 am

    He would definitely get my vote! He is doing a great job.





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