Matt Gaetz pens defensive op-ed, says DC is like ‘the mafia’

Matt Gaetz pens defensive op-ed, says DC is like ‘the mafia’

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said he’s “absolutely not resigning” as he blamed his twisted sexual misconduct scandal on his “political opponents” in a new op-ed that also compares Washington, DC to the “mafia.”

“Yes, just like the mafia, the D.C. swamp protects its [sic] ‘made men.’ Since I’m taking my turn under the gun, let me address the allegations against me directly,” Gaetz wrote in the op-ed, published Monday by the Washington Examiner. “First, I have never, ever paid for sex. And second, I, as an adult man, have not slept with a 17-year-old.”

Calling himself a “better man today than I was years ago,” the Republican lawmaker went on to say that while “my lifestyle of yesteryear may be different from how I live now … it was not and is not illegal.” 

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Gaetz, 38, remained defiant in the face of mounting allegations against him — including federal probes into whether he paid for sex with women, including a

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