A half-naked man in a Speedo appeared in the background of an Arizona counselor’s Zoom call during a Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.
Openly gay county supervisor Dr. Matt Heinz, 45, who previously served in the Obama administration, joined the meeting remotely from a Caribbean cruise ship.
The 9:00 a.m. meeting was two hours old when Heinz’s unidentified 24-year-old travel companion approached the shot. The man is wearing a black vest and a black Speedo.
The man starts pulling up his shirt, then freezes and looks at the computer, apparently not immediately realizing that Heinz was in a meeting. The doctor quickly turned off his camera at that moment.
None of Heinz’s colleagues made reference to the cameo. The board is scheduled to meet again on January 24.
The doctor then explained that the man in the video is her ‘travel companion’ and said that the couple is not an item or a sex worker. He likened the moment to other viral moments where Zoom calls are interrupted by children and pets.
County Supervisor Dr. Matt Heinz, who previously served in the Obama administration, joined a Pima County Board meeting remotely from a cruise ship in the Caribbean
The 9:00 a.m. meeting was two hours old when Heinz’s unnamed openly gay travel companion, 24, walked into the shot.
After the clip went viral, Heinz addressed the awkward moment in an interview with Lawyer.
The Democrat said he was “baffled” with the attention the clip generated. Heinz explained that he is on a 10-day Ritz Carlton cruise with a “fellow traveler, a friend.”
Heinz said his friend, who is more than 20 years his junior, had been on his bedroom balcony and went back to get a T-shirt when the moment was captured.
The good doctor did not identify the companion simply saying: ‘He is 24 years old. He’s clearly an adult, and we’re good friends who travel well together.’
He added: ‘We’re not dating. We’re not a couple. We are not engaged. We’re not married.’
Later, Heinz worked on the point by saying, ‘Leave my friend alone. He was in a bathing suit. He accidentally stepped into the frame for not even three seconds, he wasn’t naked, he’s clearly an adult and not a sex worker, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Heinz pictured with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden
Matt Heinz took to Twitter to defend his 24-year-old travel companion’s appearance.
Speaking about why he was calling the meeting, Heinz said that because he is a single man, he works a lot during the holidays to allow his colleagues who have families to spend time at home.
Heinz also mentioned that he works three full-time jobs, in addition to his medical and political work, the Michigan native runs a small business. On Twitter, Heinz also mentions that he spends a lot of time taking care of his elderly father.
Your cruise ends on Saturday, at which time you must fly home via Florida. At the time of the interview, Heinz was at the Panama Canal.
Heinz was invited to the signing of the Respect Marriage Act at the White House in December 2022
Heinz is an Assistant Physician at Tucson Medical Center, a position he has held since 2003. In 2008, Heinz made history by becoming the first openly gay member of the Arizona House of Representatives.
Heinz is an Assistant Physician at Tucson Medical Center, a position he has held since 2003. In 2008, Heinz made history by becoming the first openly gay member of the Arizona House of Representatives. He served two terms in the house.
According to his official website, the issues close to Heinz’s heart are veterans affairs, seniors and general health care.
From 2013 to 2015, Heinz worked in the Obama administration as Director of Vendor Outreach in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs.
In 2021, Heinz became a Pima County Supervisor. He was an outspoken advocate for county mask mandates during his first year in office.
According to posts on his Instagram page, Heinz was present at the signing of Biden’s Respect for Marriage Act in December 2022. He made multiple unsuccessful attempts to win the Democratic nomination for congressional elections in various districts.