Florida state Rep. Anna Eskamani (D) said during an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid that it’s possible Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and his friend, former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, tried to groom her for their alleged sex scheme.
Eskamani recently revealed a recording that she says is a voicemail that Greenberg and Gaetz left for her in 2019, one that she has described as “super weird.”
“My dear Anna,” Greenberg begins. “This is your favorite tax collector. I’m up in The Panhandle with your favorite U.S. congressman, Matt Gaetz.”
At that point, Gaetz chimes in, saying: “Hi Anna!”
“And, uh, we were just chatting about you, and talking about your lovely qualities,” Greenberg continues, with Gaetz interjecting: “We think you’re the future of the Democratic Party in Florida.”
“Well see, I know you’re the future of it, so there’s no thinking involved,” Greenberg says. “Anyway, if you get this and feel like chatting, give me a shout back.”
Reid asked Eskamani if she worries, given the allegations against Gaetz and Greenberg, that the two men were trying to “lure” her into something untoward:
“Do you worry, in light of what we have now learned about Matt Gaetz and Mr. Greenberg and what they were up to and things like allegations from CNN that Gaetz would show off pictures to fellow lawmakers of women — nude women that he claimed he had slept with. ‘It was a point of pride,’ one of the sources said of Gaetz. And also that Mr. Greenberg was trafficking women and attempting to get them have sex with him and maybe the congressman for money. When you look back on it, do you worry they were trying to lure you into something along those lines? The trafficking world lines?”
Eskamani replied: “I think it’s a very valid question and a very valid concern. These are the signs of trying to groom people to do what you want them to do. And when I look back at my entire engagement with Mr. Greenberg over the past three, four years, I’d always try to keep a distance between us but there was a lot of pushy behavior, coercive behavior, attempting to make a conversation go into a more intimate direction than I would want to go and so there were definitely signs of that.”
“And again, I think it is so important that women, especially women in politics, share their stories because unfortunately, for me, this is just another day of being a woman in politics,” Eskamani added.
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