In a new op-ed blasting controversial Rep. Matt Gaetz (R. FL), a fellow Florida Republican accused him of betraying his supporters.

Mark Lombardo went after Gaetz in on op-ed for the Pensacola News Journal:

“Like all of Matt Gaetz’s donors, my dad trusted him to use that money to further conservative ideals. Had my father known that Gaetz would use his money to pay pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s attorney, he would have never given him a penny.”

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Lombardo continued:

“Gaetz broke my dad’s, and thousands of other donors’ trust when he used their money to pay the attorney most known for defending the world’s worst child-sex trafficker. To think that money my dad earned as a decorated combat veteran on the field of battle went to Gaetz’s sex-trafficking defense infuriates me and my family.  In addition, knowing Gaetz raises money from elderly and working-class people under the deception of making America great and then uses that money for defending himself against charges that have nothing to do with his work in Congress or campaign, is shameful. It’s a total betrayal of trust.”

Matt Gaetz via Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Lombardo also made an issue out of the fact that Gaetz is under investigation for sex-trafficking crimes:

“An even bigger betrayal is that Gaetz put himself into a position that he needed a sex-trafficking defense attorney while serving on the Congressional Armed Services Committee.”

According to Lombardo, that makes Gaetz vulnerable to being blackmailed:

“As a member of the Committee, Gaetz has access to Top Secret, classified information. Anyone who has worked in national security or for the military knows that engaging in prostitution, orgies, sex trafficking, and illegal drug use while holding a security clearance leaves them vulnerable to blackmail by foreign intelligence agents. This is especially true for senior government officials who partake in illicit activities on foreign soil – like Gaetz is reported to have done.”

Matt Gaetz via Flickr / Gage Skidmore

He concluded by saying that Gaetz’  ” behavior in a foreign country, poor choices and lack of judgment betrays our government, its veterans, our active-duty military, and intelligence agents whose lives depend on keeping secrets closely guarded, as well as Gaetz’s oath to protect and defend the Constitution.”

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