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Fri Sep 23, 2022, 02:37 PM

What to do about GOP Predators?

Al Franken got booted for practically nothing. But Gaetz may get off entirely to cheers from the worst of us.

TALLAHASSEE - The Washington Post reported Friday that U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is unlikely to be charged after a federal investigation that focused on allegations he had sex with a 17-year-old girl.


https://www.cbsnews.com/miami/news/report-matt-gaetz-unlikely-to-face-charges-sex-trafficking-probe/

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SleeplessinSoCal Sep 2022 OP
RKP5637 Sep 2022 #1
TheRealNorth Sep 2022 #2
RKP5637 Sep 2022 #3
Hugh_Lebowski Sep 2022 #4

Response to SleeplessinSoCal (Original post)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 02:43 PM

1. They will likely destroy an 18 year old kid with a 17 year old girlfriend ...

... but Matt Gaetz gets a free pass. WTF!!!

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 02:50 PM

2. For political reasons....

We probably should have focused more on how sketchy it was rather than focus on the legality. Of course, if Gaetz pays people off, there probably isn't going to be a solid case that can be made.

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Response to TheRealNorth (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 02:55 PM

3. As one of my professors told me a long long time ago ...

if you have money and power in the US, often you can just do what you damn well please. Looks like that adage still holds true.

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Response to SleeplessinSoCal (Original post)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 03:14 PM

4. It's legal for Gaetz to have sex with a 17 year old in 38 of 50 states

But ... assuming the recent stories are true, the only thing he's 'out of trouble' for is a federal trafficking charge.

I wouldn't say this development totally rules out state charges if that sex occurred in one of the 12 states it would be illegal in. Such as Florida, where age of consent is 18.

But then again ... GQP controls that state, so ...

I know this will be wildly offensive to some but if a consenting 17 year old young lady chose to take his money to have sex with him, I really don't much care. I hope she charged him enough for her tuition for a quarter, at least.

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