Florida Covid whistle-blower Rebekah Jones hopes to unseat scandal-scarred Rep. Matt Gaetz

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The scientist who stated she was fired by Gov. Ron DeSantis for refusing to censor Florida’s Covid-19 numbers stated Tuesday she’s hoping to unseat one other high-profile Republican politician within the state — Rep. Matt Gaetz.

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Rebekah Jones stated the congressman, at present beneath investigation by the Justice Division for allegedly paying an underage woman for intercourse, is susceptible.

“I hope I do higher than a intercourse trafficker,” Jones informed NBC Information. “It’s absurd that he’s nonetheless in workplace. Somebody like that ought to not go unchallenged.”

Jones, who at present lives in Maryland, made the announcement on a brand new Instagram account she arrange after her Twitter account was suspended. She stated she ran afoul of Twitter for repeatedly reposting a Miami Herald article extremely essential of DeSantis.

“I had hoped that somebody within the Republican Social gathering would step up and first him, and I’ve but to see that occur,” Jones stated within the video. “And so, if it takes me going dwelling to Florida to run in opposition to Matt Gaetz, then I’ll do it. If it means getting one youngster intercourse trafficker out of workplace, you’re rattling proper I’ll do it.”

Gaetz, whose district is within the Florida Panhandle, has denied paying a youngster for intercourse.

“Congressman Gaetz faces no felony fees,” his spokesman, Harlan Hill, stated in an e-mail to NBC Information. “Ms. Jones can’t say the identical.”

Jones was charged in December with hacking into the state’s pc system, a cost she denies.

Liable for serving to to create and updating Florida’s Covid-19 dashboard, Jones was fired from the Division of Well being in Might 2020 for, in her phrases, refusing to “manually change information to drum up assist for the plan to reopen.”

That was a reference to DeSantis’ plan to reopen Florida despite the fact that the pandemic was raging by way of the state. A lot of the almost 38,000 Covid-19 deaths and a pair of.3 million confirmed instances within the state had been reported after Might 2020, in accordance with NBC Information figures and different Covid-19 databases.

Shortly after she was ousted, Jones filed a confidential whistle-blower grievance with the Florida Fee on Human Relations saying she was being punished for talking out.

DeSantis and different officers denied Jones’ allegations. However in December, Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement officers, appearing on a warrant, raided Jones’ dwelling in Tallahassee, arrested her and confiscated her private telephone and a laptop computer pc.

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