On Tuesday the 2020 Florida legislative session kicked off. The session opened just one day after two Republican representatives got into a heated exchange on Twitter.
Rep. Chris Latvala accused Rep. Matt Gaetz of having created a sex game among lawmakers in Florida. This sex game has long been rumored about within Florida’s political circles.
The incident began after Latvala tweeted a photo of himself with Al Sharpton and commented, “It was an honor to meet @TheRevAl today.”
Gaetz felt it necessary to reply to the tweet posting, “Sharpton has called cops ‘pigs,’ whites ‘interlopers,’ Greeks ‘homos’ and Jews ‘diamond merchants,’ so that is pretty disgusting.”
Latvala then responded by accusing Gaetz of creating “a game where members of the FL House got ‘points’ for sleeping with aides, interns, lobbyists, and married legislators.”
Latvala and Gaetz’s fathers both served in the Florida Senate, and the two families have a long history of issues.
The sex game that Latvala brought up was reportedly still happening during the 2014 and 2015 sessions. Marc Caputo, a reporter for Politico, brought the game into the light when he worked for the Miami Herald in 2013.
At the time Caputo tweeted, “Hey ladies! Source: young male FL Reps have point-system contest for having sex: 1=lobbyist 2=staff 3=other legislator 6=married legislator.”
On Tuesday, Gaetz was asked about the sex game by the Tampa Bay Times and he denied inventing or participating in the game.
Gaetz used Twitter to up Latvala’s father, former state Sen. Jack Latvala, who resigned from office following accusations of sexual misconduct. Latvala responded by alluding to Gaetz’s alcohol issues and the 2008 arrest for DUI.
There is just short of two months left in the Florida legislative session and things are sure to only get messier from here.