Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Lawmaker Sued After His Dog Bites Man


Matt Gaetz, a Republican member of Florida’s House of Representatives, is being sued by a man who said he was bitten by Gaetz’s dog last May.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Christopher Kent filed a lawsuit last week claiming Gaetz’s dog bit him and left him in “pain, disfigured and with injuries that ultimately forced him to withdraw from law school.

On Monday, Gaetz told a reporter he was aware of a biting incident with his dog, but had been unaware of the lawsuit. Kent is asking for damages and money for his medical bills. 

Gaetz has been a key supporter of Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which grants people the right to defend themselves against a perceived threat with deadly force without first attempting to retreat.