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Former Tuberville aide involved in GOP confrontation

Before this current incident, Gordon was a staffer on several campaigns in Alabama.

Rep. Brandon Williams, R-New York, confronting Michael Gordon, who is Williams’ former chief of staff for his 2022 congressional campaign. ABC 9 WSYR

A former staffer for several Alabama GOP campaigns including U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama, is embroiled in a viral incident in Washington D.C., according to Politico

A video from over a week ago depicts Rep. Brandon Williams, R-New York, confronting Michael Gordon, who is Williams’ former chief of staff for his 2022 congressional campaign.

Before this current incident, Gordon was a staffer on several campaigns in Alabama including Tuberville, Mike Durant and Jessica Taylor. Durant ran in the 2022 Senate race before conceding in the primaries to Mo Brooks and future U.S. Sen. Katie Britt, R-Alabama. In 2020, Jessica Taylor ran for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District but lost in the primaries as well.

In the video, Williams is seen confronting Gordon and warns him saying, “You f*** with my family, I will end every relationship you have.” According to Politico, this altercation was because Gordon and another former staffer, Ryan Sweeney, were threatening to expose that Williams’ daughter operated an OnlyFans account.

The two former staffers were reportedly upset Williams decided to fire them and Gordon quickly contacted a Republican consultant close to Williams. That consultant, Aaron Evans, began relaying to Williams the veiled threats Gordon allegedly made. 

“That consultant, Aaron Evans, told POLITICO he went to Williams in recent weeks to relay Gordon’s warning,” Politico wrote. “Before going through with the firing, Gordon said, the lawmaker should think about the potential embarrassment his family would experience if TMZ found out about his daughter’s OnlyFans account.”

Williams told Politico that several days before the video incident other members of his staff told him that Gordon was telling other congressional staffers about the OnlyFans account. Gordon is also alleged to have made debasing comments about Williams’ wife. Gordon and Sweeney are both saying that the allegations made against them are categorically false.

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Tuberville would go on to win his election in November of 2020 against Doug Jones to become one of Alabama’s senators in Washington. Recently, the former Auburn football coach has been at the center of some controversy, like his former aide, after finally ending his several months-long hold on military promotions. 

Back in March, Tuberville began holding up military promotions because of a Department of Defense policy that paid for travel expenses of military members seeking reproductive healthcare or abortions. This policy did not pay for the medical treatment received.

Gordon’s attempted tactic of using his leverage may be potentially backfiring like his former boss.

Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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