Unethical Tweet Of The Month: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla)

To be fair, he’s not quite as unethical a lawyer as Michael Cohen, but then Cohen isn’t in Congress…

Hey @MichaelCohen212 – Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…


Gaetz sent this tweet before Cohen testified before Congress. It is witness intimidation. It is also stupid witness intimidation. Among other things, it gave Speaker Pelosi an opportunity to appear fair and responsible, by stating,

Goetz doubled down on his ham-handed “nice little family you got there; too bad if something were to happen to it…” threat by denying that he was witness tampering, telling a reporter that he was “witness testing.

This jerk is a Florida lawyer, and his bar is now investigating whether he breached the ethics rules by threatening a witness. Of course he did, and he did it on Twitter, which makes it the dumbest example of witness tampering in history.

21 thoughts on “Unethical Tweet Of The Month: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla)

  1. What an idiot! Behaving as if you’re a mob member rather than an elected representative is unconscionable. Censure seems an appropriate institutional remedy; followed by a lawsuit from Cohen’s family. That should shut Gaetz up until his constituents can send him home. Truly awful.

    • What an idiot! Behaving as if you’re a mob member while Republican rather than an elected representative is unconscionable.

      Fixed it for ya. Democrats behave this way as a matter of routine.

      Gaetz still needs to be disbarred and ejected from Congress.

  2. I used to think Twitter was the spawn of Satan. I’m beginning to wonder if it isn’t a 21st century construct of Mother Nature in an attempt to improve the herd.

  3. Ah, Florida, my birth state and home until I went away to college. You can’t beat it with a stick. Dave Barry was always ready, willing and able to humorously point out Florida’s unique, inevitable and inescapable craziness.

  4. Too right, Jack. Not to put too fine a point on it, but what a dumbass. I hope the Florida bar sanctions him good and publicly. And Florida voters in his district would do well to find better representation.

    Plus, anyone who makes Nancy Pelosi look good should resign instantly. That’s signature significance in itself.

  5. And there, in the person of Rep. Matt Gaetz, is yet ANOTHER compelling example of the Temptations of Twitter – further compelling me NEVER to use it. Observe Tweets and their authors, yes, sparingly, when available. Follow the lead of any user of it, or use it myself – NEVER. Heck, I just might make it into the U.S. Senate after all! (in Alabama) It’ll be hell keeping my staff off of Twitter, though, GAIR-on-TEED…

  6. I agree, but would toss in that, these days, there could be a question of how much a tweet might be considered a general rhetorical musing vs a specifically directed message, such as an email. Still stupid, especially for a lawyer.

    • You would think someone admittable to a law school would be smarter than this (like, say, Jack). I think I just made up a word. Red squiggly under ‘admittable’ but the suggestion is “admit table”, which makes no sense at all.

  7. I live in his district and Gaetz is not a stupid man nor is he normally an inept politician. In this district, the Republican is going to win the general election, so the real election is the primary. In the last primary, Gaetz was truly challenged hard from the right (by the guy I voted for BTW).

    My guess is that he now thinks that he has to show how tough he is so that he can weather another, similar challenge in his next primary. He went quite a bit over the line with this tweet though.

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