Rep. Matt Gaetz said in a tweet today
“For all those wondering, this is my son Nestor.
We share no blood but he is my life. He came from Cuba (legally, of course) six years ago and lives with me in Florida. I am so proud of him and raising him has been the best, most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life.”
Galban responded to the tweet saying,
“I love you, keep up the good work, we all support you and love you!”
Rep. Gaetz said that he had been “triggered” into revealing Galban as his son because
“a fellow congressman diminished the contributions of Republicans because we don’t raise non-white kids.”
The day before Rep. Gaetz’s announcement, he had been involved in an exchange with Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on police reform.
Galban said in a separate tweet after Rep. Gaetz’s message,
“I wanted as a secret before because I wanted to have a normal life without any of y’all getting in it. But now I’m 19 and I old enough to handle it.
Matt is the best dad/mentor anyone could ever ask for, he has taught me a lot, and I’m thankful to have him in my life.”
According to Galban’s Facebook page, he is from Havana, Cuba and he graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in 2019. Rep. Gaetz previously represented Fort Walton Beach-area in the Florida House of Representatives.
On the same day that Rep. Gaetz publicly acknowledged Galban, the congressman’s sister, Erin Gaetz, posted a photo with the caption,
“Christmas Eve 2013. Nestor and Rep. Santa Claus (R-North Pole).”
Erin Gaetz later said on Twitter that Galban “came into” the family’s life when he was 12 years old. Erin Gaetz also said that Galban “lost his mother” at that time and that he did not speak English.
In August 2019, Galban posted a photo showing him with Gaetz and Donald Trump Jr.
The location tagged in the photo was “The Trump Organization.” In May 2014, Rep. Gaetz and Galban were pictured on then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s website after a visit to her head office.
Rep. Gaetz posted a photo of Galban in March 2016 on his official Facebook page. The caption read,
“It was great working with local students Sofia Burleson and Nestor Galban in Tallahassee this last week. They were fantastic House pages!”
“Local students?” And how or why would you keep your adopted son a secret? SO many questions…?
Nestor turned 19 a few days ago & will be off to University. He arrived here at 12.— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 18, 2020
As you can imagine, I was triggered when (to make an absurd debate point) a fellow congressman diminished the contributions of Republicans because we don’t raise non-white kids.
Well, I have.