WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG-WECP) Representative Matt Gaetz (R) FL-2 spent the day in Walton County Tuesday holding an "Open Gaetz Day" during the August recess month.
The event is an effort to help constituents meet their congressman and discuss issues they feel are important. Gaetz says many voters seem to be worried about the vitriol in Washington, D.C.
"I heard about the frustration with so much partisan gridlock, and people that are conservatives of liberals, want to see Congress come together and actually solve problems that can improve the quality of life for the American people. That's the type of bipartisanship I hope to see more of in Washington," he said.
Gaetz made a stop at a local middle school, Seaside Neighborhood School, where he spoke with students about American history, and the protests going on in the country over the Confederate monuments.
On the issue of removing the monuments across the country, Gaetz says such a decision would be whitewashing history.
"I don't think we do ourselves service as a country to try to go and whitewash out our own history. It makes us more likely to repeat it. So I am opposed to removing the monuments from the Civil War, or the Revolutionary War," Representative Gaetz said. "I think we can learn more by focusing on our collective future."