To hear his colleagues on the Hill tell it, Gaetz is either a harbinger of the future of the Republican party, or a right-wing conspiracy-dabbler whose frequent off-message comments threaten the ability for the modern GOP to sustain itself over time.
“He excites young people,” Rep. Steve Stivers told The Daily Beast of his colleague who served as the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee last cycle. “He’s doing a great job representing his district. Obviously, he’s raising his profile nationally, but he’s a hard-working, smart, new voice in the Republican Party.”
When pressed further on some of Gaetz’ most outlandish statements, Stivers said: “Matt does provocative things at times, but Matt is a great, young, hard-working, smart member of Congress who’s effective.”