"I’m a representative, not a monk"

The Trump era made it a good time to be a “fun-loving” politician, Gaetz said in “Firebrand: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the MAGA Revolution,” which was published last September. He also pointed out the possibly corrupting influence of “D.C. distractions,” which he said “take two forms: Sex and money. Getting paid and getting laid.”

But the lawmaker wasn’t apologizing. He said he had “an active social life, and it’s probably easier in the era of Trump.”

“We’ve had ‘perfect family man’ presidents before, after all, and many of those men sold out our country, even if their wives were happy the whole time,” Gaetz wrote. “If politicians’ family lives aren’t what really matter to the voters, maybe that’s a good thing. I’m a representative, not a monk.”