Rep. Matt Gaetz (D-FL) brought his “son” Nestor Galban on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show on June 18 to attack African-American Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) who told Gaetz on June 17 that white lawmakers couldn’t understand what it was like to father a black child.
Nestor defended Gaetz: “I think it’s kind of unfair to tell someone that they don’t understand because of their racial color.“
PEOPLE magazine notes that Gaetz did not legally adopt 19-year-old Nestor:
Geatz did not formally adopt Nestor (and he declines to discuss Nestor’s relationship with his biological family now).
Roll Call also notes a lack of evidence:
Data compiled by CQ Roll Call — and previously confirmed by Gaetz’s office — did not list the congressman as having any children during his two terms so far in Congress or as a House candidate. As recently as July 2019, CQ Roll Call conducted biographical data checks, and Gaetz’s staff did not disclose Nestor Galban as his son when they were asked to confirm basic biographical information. Instead, his office confirmed that Gaetz was single with no children.
The Washington Post notes the many doubts about Gaetz’s claim of a secret son:
He never mentioned his son in his biographical data or elsewhere. An old photo surfaced online of Gaetz with Nestor in which the congressman refers to him as a “local student.”