Rebekah Jones, pictured in her workplace on the Florida Division of Well being, was a COVID-19 knowledge compiler who claims she was fired final Might. She introduced her bid for the US Home of Representatives on Tuesday
A former Florida Well being Division official who was fired for allegedly operating a disinformation marketing campaign concerning the state’s COVID-19 response has launched a bid to unseat Matt Gaetz within the US Home of Representatives.
Rebekah Jones – an outspoken critic of Florida’s Gov Ron DeSantis, who’s a detailed ally of Donald Trump and Gaetz – introduced her candidacy in a Twitter statement by way of WPTV reporter Forrest Saunders.
Jones could not tweet the announcement herself as a result of Twitter banned her on Monday for violating the websites ‘guidelines towards platform manipulation and spam.’
Saunders tweeted that Jones stated the suspension was resulting from her ‘overzealous’ sharing of a current @MiamiHerald article and anticipated her account could be returned shortly.
It did not take lengthy for DeSantis to take a victory lap.
His spokesperson, Christina Pushaw, tweeted on Monday, ‘Rebekah Jones was NOT “censored” by Twitter for something she posted.
‘She was suspended as a result of she broke a transparent rule towards shopping for followers (platform manipulation) and — all proof factors to this — hijacking the accounts of unsuspecting customers to make them observe her.’
This reportedly accelerated Jones’ announcement timeline. As a substitute of ready one other month, she stated she was taking over Gaetz Tuesday.
‘Did not wish to announce it this fashion, however since DeSantis is now taking credit score for me getting suspended for sharing an article that proves he is a sociopathic liar it appears to be like like I’ve to say it this fashion,’ Jones wrote via a screenshot reported that Saunders reported.
‘I am operating for Matt Gaetz’s seat subsequent 12 months,’ she stated. ‘No extra intercourse traffickers in congress!’
Gaetz, a controversial Republican congressman representing Florida, has made a reputation for himself as a robust defender of former president Donald Trump (pictured collectively)
Jones introduced her candidacy in a Twitter assertion by way of WPTV reporter Forrest Saunders – after her personal Twitter account was suspended
It did not take lengthy for DeSantis to take a victory lap. His spokesperson, Christina Pushaw, tweeted on Monday, ‘Rebekah Jones was NOT “censored” by Twitter for something she posted
Jones was referring to a Justice Division investigation that’s wanting into allegations that Gaetz paid for intercourse with a 17-year-old lady.
The age of consent in Florida – the place the encounter is alleged to have taken place – is eighteen. He denies the allegations.
Jones – a self-proclaimed whistleblower – has been embroiled in her personal authorized entanglements since she was fired from her state job final Might.
Earlier than she was booted from her place as a state well being division knowledge scientist, she was credited with main a group within the creation Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard early on within the pandemic.
Jones claimed she was fired as a result of she refused to govern the state’s an infection numbers, however DeSantis has stated she was fired due to ‘insubordination’.
Jared Moskowitz, Florida’s head of emergency administration, informed Politico in a narrative that printed Friday that she was leaking data and operating a ‘disinformation’ marketing campaign towards the state’s COVID-19 response.
Rebekah Jones, was a COVID-19 knowledge compiler for the state of Florida earlier than she was fired final Might, plans to run towards Republican US Consultant Matt Gaetz
‘With a platform of 400,000 Twitter followers, her repute for bullying folks on social media and her operating a disinformation marketing campaign that the nationwide media echoed, she was extra harmful as an enemy than a pal,’ Moskowitz informed Politico.
Then Jones was arrested in December following a extremely publicized search of her residence after she was accused of hacking a state-run pc community and in the end charged with illegally getting access to a pc system, a felony.
That case continues to be pending.
She was additionally fired in 2017 from Florida State College when she was a PhD pupil and teacher for having an affair together with her pupil. She was charged with three counts of cyberstalking her pupil Garrett Sweeterman, then 21, in July 2019.
Jones sued her ex-boyfriend in June 2019 in civil courtroom, accusing him of deliberately inflicting emotional misery, sexual battery, home violence, emotional abuse and defamation. She deserted the lawsuit weeks later.
Jones stated the 68 pages she was accused of publishing on-line have been excerpts from an extended, 342-page assortment of essays she wrote about her relationship together with her ex-boyfriend. These paperwork have been filed in circuit courtroom as a part of her civil lawsuit.