Florida Republican State Rep. Chris Latvala has accused GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of creating a sleazy game where politicians get points for sleeping with interns and married colleagues.
The Twitter feud began when Latvala tweeted a photo of his meeting with the Rev. Al Sharpton, who hosts “Politics Nation” on MSNBC.
“It was an honor to meet @TheRevAl today,” he tweeted.
— Chris Latvala (@ChrisLatvala) January 13, 2020
Gaetz, who represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, responded to the tweet, writing: “Sharpton has called Cops ‘pigs;’ Whites ‘interlopers;’ Greeks ‘homos’ and Jews ‘diamond merchants. So that is pretty disgusting.”
Sharpton has called
Greeks “homos” and
Jews “diamond merchants”
So that is pretty disgusting. https://t.co/SODj3YPBke
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 14, 2020
Latvala – the 38-year-old son of former Florida State Sen. Jack Latvala – responded by accusing Gaetz of inventing a game for Florida legislators that included a sexual scoring system.
“And you created a game where members of the FL House got “points” for sleeping with aides, interns, lobbyists, and married legislators. Hope DC is treating you well, Comgressman,” Latvala fired back.
And you created a game where members of the FL House got "points" for sleeping with aides, interns, lobbyists, and married legislators. Hope DC is treating you well, Comgressman. https://t.co/PGFuQHJbEJ
— Chris Latvala (@ChrisLatvala) January 14, 2020
In a text message to a Tampa Bay Times reporter, Latvala cited a 2013 tweet by Politico’s Marc Caputo, who was then at the Miami Herald, that explained the alleged game: legislators received one point for sleeping with a lobbyist, two points for sleeping with legislative staff, three points for sleeping with another legislator and six points for sleeping with a married legislator.
Gaetz, in a Tuesday text to the Tampa Bay Times, said he had “no idea what Chris was talking about” before referencing Latvala’s father.
“I know Jack Latvala has to resign in disgrace over demanding sexual favors from lobbyists in exchange for appropriations, so it was likely Chris projecting,” Gaetz told the Times. “I don’t start conversations with people on Twitter about their sex lives. Especially Latvalas.”