The Florida Division of Well being (DOH) official who was fired for alleged insubordination introduced her marketing campaign towards embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., for his House of Representatives seat.
Rebekah Jones, a critic of Governor Ron DeSantis’ COVID-19 response that claimed the governor informed her to change coronavirus information, took to Instagram to announce her candidacy on Monday hours after being suspended from Twitter for violating the location’s “guidelines towards platform manipulation and spam.”
“Did not need to announce it this fashion, however since DeSantis is now taking credit score for me getting suspended for sharing an article that proves he’s a sociopathic liar it appears to be like like I’ve to say it this fashion,” Jones wrote by means of a screenshot reported by reporter Forrest Saunders of WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Seaside.
“I’m working for Matt Gaetz’s seat subsequent 12 months,” she continued. “No extra intercourse traffickers in congress!”
When requested by Fox Information for additional remark, Jones claimed to have turned her “personal grandfather into the FBI for youngster intercourse trafficking” in 2019 within the Phillippines and stated she hoped Floridians would assist her run towards Gaetz.
“I hope the superb individuals of Florida’s panhandle assist me now take away Gaetz – alleged intercourse trafficker of teenage ladies – from workplace,” Jones stated. “Nobody desires to vote for a pervert.”
Gaetz’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
DeSantis’ spokesperson Christina Pushaw blasted Jones in a Tuesday assertion, saying the previous Florida well being worker was not being censored by Twitter along with her suspension and that she acquired the ban hammer “for spamming and platform manipulation, which incorporates clear minimize TOS violations like shopping for followers and utilizing a number of accounts.”
“Jones introduced on Instagram final evening that she is planning to run for Matt Gaetz’s congressional seat. She isn’t a Florida resident anymore, so she wouldn’t be capable of try this except she strikes again from Maryland (the place she had indicated, final month, she was going to major Rep. [David] Trone in MD-6 as evidenced by this now-defunct marketing campaign web site,” Pushaw stated, linking to an archived campaign site for Jones.
Jones’ announcement got here after the previous Florida state worker was accused by former Florida Division of Emergency Administration head Jared Moskowitz of “working a disinformation marketing campaign” towards the state’s COVID-19 response.
Moskowitz described in a POLITICO interview printed Friday how he befriended Jones to discourage her from spreading falsities concerning the company he was heading on the time, adopting a “preserve your enemies nearer” technique.
“With a platform of 400,000 Twitter followers, her fame for bullying individuals on social media and her working a disinformation marketing campaign that the nationwide media echoed, she was extra harmful as an enemy than a good friend,” Moskowitz informed Politico.
The previous Florida lawmaker additionally stated the plan labored like “conserving a fish on the hook.”