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Florida Democrat files petition to disbar Gaetz

A former Florida congressional candidate has filed a petition to disbar Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) over his support for President Trump’s election challenges.

Pam Keith, who ran as a Democrat to represent Florida’s 18th Congressional District and was handily defeated by Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), is seeking to have Gaetz disbarred for his “egregious betrayal and attack on the Constitution of the United States of America.”

“This petition to disbar Matt Gaetz has been filed,” Keith tweeted Tuesday. “Whether or not they choose to discipline him (they have censured him in the past), the record of his tenure will have this stain forever.”

Gaetz has been a staunch supporter of the president and his efforts to overturn the election. He was one of the 126 House Republicans to sign an amicus brief supporting Texas’s effort to have the Supreme Curt overturn the election results in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

The court ruled earlier this month that Texas could not interfere in how other states conducted their elections.

The petition argues that Gaetz acted in sedition designed to “tear apart the fabric of federalism that allows this nation to function and thrive.” Keith further argues that Gaetz violated standards for lawyers licensed in Florida, and should be sanctioned.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition had 3,305 signatures.

Keith hinted earlier this month that she would filed disbarment petitions against the congressman and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R). Gaetz responded at the time.

“Pam – I’ve never lost an election,” Gaetz tweeted Dec. 13.

“Honest questions: How many times have you run? How many wins? (The voters just aren’t that into you…),” he added. 

Gaetz’s office did not comment on the petition.

Tags 2020 election Brian Mast Donald Trump Florida Matt Gaetz

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