On Saturday evening, April 29th, Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) and his wife were attending the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival when a 41-year-old woman named Selena Chambers allegedly threw a glass of wine at Gaetz after shouting obscenities at him.
- According to reports from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Chambers was arrested and charged with one count of battery on an elected official.
In response to the incident, Congressman Gaetz released a statement and addressed the issue during his podcast “Firebrand.”
“I will never allow the safety of Northwest Floridians to be compromised,” said Congressman Gaetz. “I will be pressing charges against this individual in order to uphold the civility our community deserves. Thank you to the Walton County Sheriff’s office for taking swift action.”
Chambers was issued a $1,000 bond and released the following day.
“We cannot allow an environment where you can throw things at elected officials because you don’t like them,” said Sheriff Adkinson. “No matter your political affiliation, this is not the way to conduct yourself and will not be tolerated in Walton County.”