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Matt Gaetz takes center stage on "stand your ground" debate

Matt Gaetz

Florida House of Representatives

Matt Gaetz



TALLAHASSEE — Five hours have been set aside for Thursday's "stand your ground" hearing in the Florida House, where changes to the law, including its repeal, will be considered.

For many, it will be their first exposure to the chairman of the hearing, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, a brash 31-year-old Twitter aficionado who three months ago declared he didn't support "changing one damn comma" in the 2005 law.

Although Gaetz promises he will give equal time to the law's opponents and insists his ultra-conservative biases won't interfere, his strident, ready-to-pounce debating style rarely cedes ground.

So who is this guy?

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[Last modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 6:05pm]


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