Florida doctor and marijuana entrepreneur Jason Pirozzolo has come under scrutiny after reports that federal investigators are looking into a trip he and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) allegedly took to the Bahamas, attempting to determine if female escorts who went on the trip were illegally trafficked.
After CBS News reported the development on Wednesday, Pirozzolo’s connections with other Florida Republicans surfaced on Twitter and in subsequent news reports.
Orlando Sentinel reporter Ryan Gillespie noted in a tweet that Pirozzolo was with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife when they greeted then-President Donald Trump at a Florida airport.
Twitter user Andrew J. Wilson also noted that Pirozzolo had been photographed on another occasion with DeSantis, as well as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Newsweek provided some background on Pirozzolo, noting that the hand surgeon “is co-founder of the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, where he currently serves as chairman of the board.” The outlet also noted that “Gaetz spoke at AMMPA conferences in 2017 and 2018.”
The surgeon made two $1,000 donations to Friends of Matt Gaetz, the campaign group for the Florida Republican, in March 2016 and May 2017.
Gaetz spoke to The Orlando Sentinel about Pirozzolo in 2019.
“Dr. Pirozzolo served on the health care transition team,” Gaetz told the newspaper.
“I asked him to make transition recommendations for the Department of Health and to interview for the position of surgeon general, which he did.”
Pirozzolo was not nominated to serve as surgeon general, Newsweek noted, but DeSantis appointed him “to the governing board of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority on Gaetz’s recommendation.”
“The GOAA oversees Orlando airport,” the news outlet added.
It was in this capacity that Pirozzolo greeted Trump at the airport on June 18, 2019.
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