Gaetz gets hitched

Gaetz gets hitched

Congressman Matt “Firebrand” Gaetz got married yesterday in a small ceremony on Catalina Island off the coast of California to Ginger Luckey. Sergo Gor, a former Rand Paul staffer, officiated.

Vanity Fair reported Nestor Galban, Gaetz’s adopted son, represented the family. And the menu for the reception included BBQ chicken, grilled vegetables and watermelon salad.

When will the congressman introduce his bride to Northwest Florida? It could be as soon as Tuesday, Aug. 22. He has planned an #OpenGaetz Day in south Walton County, starting with a Town Hall at the Ocean Club Restaurant in Miramar Beach. He will make several stops and end the day with another town hall at the Hammock Bay Lake Club in Freefort.


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