Rep. Matt Gaetz says he received a phone call from Samantha Lillian Elaine Pollara, a campaign staffer for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, after she posted a Facebook comment aimed at the Florida Republican that read, “Please, please let it be urine next time” followed by three “fingers crossed” emojis.
The plea for pee was in reference to an incident that took place last month in Pensacola, Florida, when Gaetz was struck by a drink cup, allegedly thrown by Amanda Kondrat’yev as he left a town hall. Gaetz has since said that he plans to press charges against Kondrat’yev, who briefly ran against him in 2016 before withdrawing from the race.
Hey @PeteButtigieg – this is a reply from a member of your campaign inciting (rather gross) violence against me after someone previously threw a drink on me.
Is this what your campaign stands for? pic.twitter.com/7u1wMaQDtj
Gaetz on Sunday tweeted at Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to let him know that a member of his campaign team was “inciting (rather gross) violence” against him.
The congressman followed up this morning with an update saying the staffer has since apologized for the comment, tweeting, “Samantha gave me a very nice call and apology. That is how reasonable people behave and it’s certainly good enough for me.”
Pollara’s LinkIn profile lists her as the Florida regional investment director for Buttigieg’s campaign.
We have yet to hear back from Buttigieg’s campaign on the matter, but it appears that Gaetz is no longer pissed.