In a separate interview with Axios, Gaetz instructed reporter Jonathan Swan, “The allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to me are false … They’re rooted in an extortion effort in opposition to my household for $25 million … in alternate for making this case go away.”
When Swan requested him in regards to the allegations within the Occasions story, Gaetz responded, “I’ve positively, in my single days, offered for ladies I’ve dated. You recognize, I’ve paid for flights, for lodge rooms. I’ve been, , beneficiant as a accomplice. I believe somebody is attempting to make that look prison when it isn’t.” The congressman additionally insisted he was “completely” certain not one of the girls in query had been underage.
Three unnamed sources instructed the Occasions that the Gaetz matter was part of a broader investigation right into a political ally of his named Joel Greenberg. Greenberg, who resigned as Seminole County tax assessor final 12 months, is set to stand trial in June on 14 different federal charges, together with intercourse trafficking of a minor.
The Occasions story broke hours after Axios’ Alayna Treene reported that Gaetz “has privately instructed confidants” that he was eager about retiring from his safely purple seat, or presumably even resigning, in an effort to take a gig on the far-right Newsmax. That story didn’t allude to any attainable wrongdoing by Gaetz, who didn’t reply to the report.
● NM-Gov: State political observer Joe Monahan relays that Sandoval County Commissioner Jay Block says he’ll announce a bid subsequent month for the Republican nomination to tackle Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, although there isn’t any quote from Block.
● LA-02: State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson bought some very welcome information on Monday when she received the endorsement of progressive activist Gary Chambers, who earned an unexpectedly sturdy third place within the March 24 all-party main. Fellow Democratic state Sen. Troy Carter led Peterson 36-23 in the first round of voting, whereas Chambers was simply behind with 21%.
Peterson must win the majority of Chambers’ voters in an effort to make up her deficit for the April 24 runoff for this safely blue seat, and there was purpose to suppose they’d break for her even earlier than Chambers took sides this week. Whereas each state senators have been campaigning as ardent Democrats, Peterson has argued she’s the more progressive of the 2. Notably, whereas Peterson and Chambers known as for a Inexperienced New Deal, Carter merely characterised it as ” blueprint” that will not be in place for a very long time and that he doesn’t support. Nonetheless, Chambers’ endorsement will doubtless make it simpler for Peterson to mobilize his voters subsequent month.
Peterson additionally bought some outdoors assistance on Tuesday when the Congressional Progressive Caucus launched a TV ad praising her for pushing Medicaid enlargement by way of a GOP-dominated state Senate. The spot additionally declares that Peterson is the one contender who backs Medicare for all, a theme she also focused on within the first spherical of the competition. There is no such thing as a phrase on the scale of the purchase.
● OH-11: Businessman Bryan Flannery, a former state consultant who was final on the poll in 2006 as he was badly losing the Democratic nomination for governor to eventual winner Ted Strickland, introduced this week that he would compete in the August primary. Flannery is the one white candidate in a discipline that features seven Black contenders.
Flannery tried to deal with what he known as the “elephant within the room” by insisting he wasn’t relying on profitable by consolidating sufficient white voters to take a plurality of the vote on this majority Black seat. Flannery as a substitute argued, “I’ll focus this marketing campaign on the demographics of the district. The Blacks. The whites. The Asians. The Hispanics.” He continued by itemizing extra teams together with, “The homosexual and lesbian, LGBTQIA.” In 2006, Flannery campaigned as an anti-abortion Democrat who additionally opposed same-sex marriage.
● Pres-by-CD: We have made a minor adjustment to our 2020 presidential election outcomes for Oklahoma’s congressional districts because of some newly acquired knowledge that is allowed us to refine our calculations. With this knowledge, we are able to now allocate unassigned votes in Oklahoma County to their correct districts utilizing what we name our “Whole Poll” technique, which we take into account extra correct than the strategy we had beforehand used, the “Assigned Votes” technique. For extra on these strategies, please read our new statement of methodology.
On account of this adjustment, a small variety of votes have shifted from the 4th District to the fifth: about 1,800 for Joe Biden, 1,200 for Donald Trump, and 70 for third-party candidates. Consequently, the 4th District grew to become simply barely redder, shifting from 65.3-32.3 Trump to 65.6-32.0 Trump. The fifth District, correspondingly, grew to become barely bluer, shifting from 51.5-45.9 Trump to 51.4-46.0 Trump. The state’s remaining three congressional districts, none of that are situated in Oklahoma County, are unaffected.