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Rebekah Jones Announces Plans To Run Against Matt Gaetz

Former Florida data analyst Rebekah Jones has announced via Instagram that she plans to challenge U.S House Representative Matt Gaetz during the 2022 election cycle. This comes a day after her Twitter account was suspended.

“I had hoped that someone within the Republican Party would step up and primary him,” Jones said in a video posted to Instagram.

Three people have filed official paperwork to run against Matt Gaetz in the 2022 Republican primary. They include Jeremy Kelly, Greg Merk, and Angela Marie Walls-Windhauser.

“And so, if it takes me going home to Florida to run against Matt Gaetz, then I will do it. If it means getting one child sex-trafficker out of office, you’re damn right I’ll do it,” Jones says.

Jones moved out of Florida after state agents searched her home and seized some of her electronics last December. Jones has claimed the search was a retaliation against her for speaking out against the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has said the search was part of an investigation into an unauthorized login into the Department of Health’s messaging system.

Jones has yet to file official paperwork to run for office.

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