Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz (R) said Thursday he will press charges against a women who threw a drink at him after a town hall meeting in early June.
“I had a circumstance just a few weeks ago where someone threw a drink at me leaving a town hall meeting. I am going to press charges. It’s really important to send a message that we as conservatives have a right to our views — just like anybody else. We’re not backing down,” he said on Twitter, attaching a clip of his Wednesday night appearance on “Hannity.”
I had a circumstance just a few weeks ago where someone threw a drink at me leaving a town hall meeting. I am going to press charges. It’s really important to send a message that we as conservatives have a right to our views — just like anybody else. We're not backing down. pic.twitter.com/gCk05s9dWK
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 27, 2019
He explained his decision to press charges in the clip.
“If there are no consequences, then maybe it’s me getting hit with a drink one time, but what if it’s a member of my staff?” he said. “Or what if instead of a drink it’s acid, or urine, or something else like that? So I think it’s really important that we send a message that we as conservatives have a right to our views, just like anyone else has a right to their views, and we’re not backing down from anybody, and people who behave this way should face the consequences before a court.”
The Pensacola News Journal said on June 1:
A Pensacola woman who ran for Rep. Matt Gaetz’s seat was arrested Saturday and charged with battery after she threw a drink at the congressman during his “Won’t Back Down” town hall.
Gaetz was leaving Brew Ha Ha restaurant when Amanda Kondrat’yev allegedly threw a drink at him.
Kondrat’yev, 35, was one of several candidates running against Gaetz for Jeff Miller’s seat in 2016 before she withdrew from the race.
The paper also said that Kondrat’yev is leading a lawsuit against Pensacola to remove a cross from a public space.
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