WATCH: Democratic Lawmaker Recalls “Cringeworthy” Voicemail From Congressman

Matt Gaetz has a history of making those around him uncomfortable. This is certainly the case with  Anna Eskamani. Following the report that the Department of Justice in investigating Gaetz, the Florida State Representative revealed that she received a creepy voicemail from Gaetz back in 2019.

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The message was left by both Gaetz and Joel Greenberg, the former Florida Tax Collector who is currently facing 14 federal charges. In the call, they duo discussed her “lovely qualities.” Gaetz described himself as “her favorite congressman” and Greenberg called himself “her favorite tax collector.” They concluded the message, “We think you’re the future of the Democratic Party in Florida!”

Eskamani talked about the message with Joy Reid on Friday night. She told the MSNBC host, “It’s an uncomfortable question but I think it’s an important one, when it comes to the experiences of many women in politics. We’re constantly objectified. We’re constantly not seen as valid contributors to policy, but instead as objects of pleasure and something to look at, versus to respect. So yes, I absolutely got the feeling that it was very much an attempt at an intimate conversation, even the notion of ‘your lovely qualities,’ that alone was very cringeworthy for me.”

The Florida Rep. concluded:

“When I look back at my entire engagement with Mr. Greenberg over the past maybe three, four years, I always try to keep a distance between us, but there was a lot of pushy behavior, corrosive behavior, attempting to make a conversation go in a more intimate direction than I wanted to go. It’s 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.”

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