Heard on the Hill

Have the flood Gaetz been opened?

Hannity offers Florida congressman an opportunity to host his show

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday night he would gladly fill in for the conservative talk show host. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If being a member of Congress wasn’t enough of a platform to voice ardent opinions and loyalties, Rep. Matt Gaetz might get an hourlong window of opportunity on America’s most-watched cable network — that is, when Sean Hannity takes a night off.

The conservative talk show host offered the congressman an invitation to “fill in” after the Florida Republican joked that he was “the only one on the show not getting paid” during an appearance on Hannity’s Tuesday show where he discussed President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign relaunch in Orlando. Hannity jabbed at the representative’s decision to appear on “fake news CNN,” where, the television host claimed, nobody watches Gaetz and is a waste of time and energy. Gaetz agreed.

[Trump targets Florida electoral haul with Orlando campaign kick-off]

Gaetz is a vocal supporter of president Trump and has appeared on Fox News routinely to defend and promote the president’s agenda, so it’s no surprise that Hannity would make the offer.

“Done deal. I’ll make it happen,” Gaetz responded.

Gaetz tweeted about the invitation (very early) this morning.

Gaetz represents Florida’s reliably red 1st District, the same one that was once represented by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. But Gaetz told Business Insider last year that he didn’t see himself following a similar career path.

“No, I’m a conservative. And unlike Joe, I’d like to stay one,” he said.

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