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Who is Dr Matt Heinz? Arizona Democrat says scantily clad man in viral Zoom call not his 'BF or sex worker'

The Democrat claimed he was 'baffled' by how much attention the video has garnered
County Supervisor Dr Matt Heinz explains viral awkward moment (mattheinzmd/ Instagram/ @ProTucsonSafety/ Twitter)
County Supervisor Dr Matt Heinz explains viral awkward moment (mattheinzmd/ Instagram/ @ProTucsonSafety/ Twitter)

TUCSON, ARIZONA: Dr Matt Heinz was recently a victim of one of the most common mishaps that occur during zoom calls. During a meeting of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, a scantily clad young man popped in the background of the Arizona lawmaker's zoom call for seconds. Matt, who was attending the meeting remotely from a cruise ship in the Caribbean, realized the man was in the frame before swiftly turning off his camera. None of Matt's colleagues made reference to the unexpected cameo.

Matt, who previously served in the Obama administration, later explained the man in the video was his "travel companion", saying he was neither a boyfriend nor a sex worker. He further compared the moment to the viral moments in zoom calls that are interrupted by children and pets. However, the issue has since gone viral forcing the openly gay physician to address the awkward moment. 


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The Democrat claimed he was "baffled" by how much attention the video has garnered in an interview with The Advocate. He explained, he is on a 10-day Ritz Carlton cruise with a "travel companion, a friend," adding he was out on the balcony of their room and came back in to get a shirt when the moment was captured. "He's 24. He's clearly an adult, and we're good friends who travel well together." "We are not dating. We are not boyfriends. We’re not engaged. We’re not married," Matt claimed.


He later urged, "Leave my friend alone. He was in a swimsuit. He accidentally walked into the frame for like not even three seconds, was not naked, is clearly an adult, and is not a sex worker, not that there’s anything wrong with that."

Who is Dr Matt Heinz?


Matt is a well-renowned physician and attends the Tuscon Medical Center since 2003. In 2008, he made headlines for being the first openly gay member of Arizona's House of Representatives. He served two terms in the house. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked in the Barack Obama administration as the Director of Provider Outreach in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs. He is currently the Pima County Supervisor, since 2021.

According to his Instagram post, Matt was present at President Joe Biden's signing of the Respect for Marriage Act in December 2022. In the interview with The Advocate he explained that he works three full-time jobs, in addition to his medical and political jobs and also owns a small business. His Twitter account mentions he spends most of his time caring for his aging father.