Matt Gaetz stops at Largo coffee shop for ‘Florida Man Freedom Tour’

Rep. Matt Gaetz took center stage in front of a semicircle of souped-up trucks wrapped in Trump-themed vinyl.

As the Florida Republican congressman and ardent ally of former President Donald Trump began to speak outside Largo’s Conservative Grounds coffee shop, he clung hard to the cues of the former president, whose image was plastered behind him.

“Mask mandates are stupid,” Gaetz started. “Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election,” he added to cheers.

On a “Florida Man Freedom Tour” stop, the 38-year-old representative contradicted the coronavirus guidance of leading medical experts and echoed disproven claims of election fraud.

The crowd

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Tour the Moltrup mansion and enjoy wine & appetizers for fundraiser

BEAVER FALLS — Wine, appetizers and a tour of the Moltrup mansion are part of a July 22 fundraiser for the Beaver Falls Community Development Corp.

Stephen Moltrup, founder of Moltrup Steel in Beaver Falls, built the house for his family around 1912 with monies from his patents. He made major developments in the steel industry, including precision flat plates that were made in his mill for the U.S. Mint.

“The house is unusual, in that it is all steel and cement, basically a fort,” Carrie Havranek, current owner of the recently renovated structure along with her husband, Gary, said. 

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