What is it about Florida Republicans and under-aged girls?
After the accusations that Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) illegally transported a not-yet-legal teenager to Bermuda for his paid sexual gratification, now HillReporter has uncovered photographic evidence that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attended an illicit drinking party with his high-school-aged students back when he was a teacher at an exclusive private school in the early-aughts.
De Santis taught history for a year at the Darlington School in Georgia, in between graduating from Yale University in 2001 and attending Harvard Law School.
Darlington is both a boarding school and a day school serving grades K through 12th-grade, but De Santis worked with the upper classmates at the high school level at a time when he was only four or five years older than the seniors in his classes.
The whistleblower who provided the evidence of DeSantis’s mingling with under-aged drinkers at an out-of-the-classroom party told HillReporter that the now-governor was considered by students to be a young “hot teacher” whom the female students crushed on.
Here’s the photo that the whistleblower provided to the website, allegedly portraying a young DeSantis surrounded by a bevy of high school beauties at least one of whom is seen prominently holding an illicit beer bottle.
According to HillReporter, “the source who provided the photo says that it was taken prior to graduation — meaning the young girls would still have been DeSantis’ responsibility at the time. It is not clear whether any of them were legal adults, though they would have been too young to purchase alcohol.”
In case anyone had any doubts that the male in that photo was actually a younger Ron DeSantis, the website also published a photo of the future governor taken from a yearbook photo that features the same Moe Howard bowl cut of his hair and the same coprophagic grin.
The accusation that DeSantis seriously mishandled his responsibilities as the adult in the room of under-aged drinkers comes at a perilous time for Florida GOP politicians.
With the governor’s close ties to Congressman Gaetz already under scrutiny — and the investigation into Gaetz’s child sex trafficking allegations reportedly widening its scope to include other top Republicans in the state, the federal investigation that started with the prosecution of Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg is moving uncomfortably close to the Florida governor’s mansion.
“Besides Gaetz himself, the influential Florida political figures under federal scrutiny include Jason Pirozzolo, a hand surgeon and DeSantis campaign donor, and DeSantis’ political appointee Halsey Beshears, the state’s former top business regulator,” according to HillReporter.
With DeSantis still reportedly harboring presidential ambitions if Donald Trump is too busy occupying a prison cell to run as the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, this under-aged drinking scandal could prove harmful to his future political ambitions.
Then again, given the tonnage of the negative reports about Donald Trump’s behavior before the 2016 presidential contest, it seems that GOP voters no longer have any lines in the sand when it comes to the moral assessment of their candidates.
Sadly, such formerly disqualifying behavior may turn out to be an asset in appealing to the MAGA deplorables.
Original reporting by Steph Bazzle at HillReporter.
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