A Florida woman was arrested and charged with felony battery for throwing a glass of wine at GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz.
41-year-old Selena Chambers allegedly threw the drink at Gaetz after “swearing loudly” at him at a wine festival in northwest Florida on Saturday.
A person who was with Rep. Gaetz at the wine festival said “Chambers then walked away yelling and flipping him off,” CNBC reported.
Chambers told police she accidentally tripped and spilled her wine on Gaetz.
Selena Chambers was charged with two counts of battery – one count is a misdemeanor and the second count, battery on an elected official, is a felony.
A Florida woman was charged with felony battery after she allegedly threw a glass of wine on Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., officials said Tuesday.
The woman, 41-year-old Selena Chambers of Tallahassee, threw the drink at the congressman after “swearing loudly” at him as she passed him at a wine festival in northwest Florida on Saturday, a person who was with Gaetz at the time told police.
That person, Blaine Odom, said that “Chambers then walked away yelling and flipping him off,” according to an arrest report provided to CNBC by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
But Chambers told an officer at the time of her arrest that she “was walking and tripped and spilled her drink on Representative Gaetz,” according to the report. She also said that she had consumed alcohol at the festival, and that she recognized Gaetz before spilling her drink.
Stacy Froeschner, who was with Chambers at the time, said she had cursed at Gaetz as they walked past him, the arrest report said.
Rep. Gaetz said Selena Chambers is a raging Trump hater who donated to Brandon.
“I will never allow the safety of Northwest Floridians to be compromised. 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,” Gaetz said.
BREAKING: Tallahassee Woman Arrested and Charged with Assaulting Congressman Matt Gaetz on Saturday Evening, Gaetz Issues Statement in Response
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— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 2, 2023