Ron DeSantis pulls out of $25,000 fundraiser for Republican New York nominee Lee Zeldin to attend funeral of Florida special agent killed in car crash on duty
- DeSantis was scheduled to perform with Zeldin at an event on Sunday on Long Island
- Zeldin’s office said he had to retire because of an “unforeseen tragedy”.
- It was later confirmed that he attended the funeral of a fallen Florida special agent
- FDLE’s Jose Perez was recently killed in a car accident while responding to a phone call
- Florida Gov. Casey DeSantis’ wife was previously diagnosed with breast cancer but was declared cancer-free last March
- The scheduled DeSantis for Zeldin event comes after a brief tour of key battleground states on behalf of the GOP candidates
- He campaigned for Republicans in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Ohio and New Mexico through rallies organized by Turning Point Action
- The governor has raised more than $172 million in his own campaign fund
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis withdrew from a $25,000 fundraiser for Republican New York gubernatorial nominee Lee Zeldin on Sunday to attend the funeral of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent who was reportedly killed in the line of duty became.
Katie Vincentz, spokeswoman for Zeldin, told the New York Post Monday morning: “An unforeseen tragedy forced Governor DeSantis to postpone his trip to New York. As we reschedule Gov. DeSantis, today’s fundraiser continues and is expected to raise nearly a million dollars.
The Post and other outlets later confirmed that DeSantis missed Sunday night’s fundraiser in Oyster Bay, Long Island, so he could attend a funeral Monday for Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Jose Perez, who recently at died in a car accident responding to a phone call.
DeSantis’ wife, Casey DeSantis, wrote on Twitter Monday, “We mourn the tragic loss of FDLE Special Agent Jose Perez, who died in the line of duty.”
“With over 20 years in the U.S. Armed Forces and more than 30 years in law enforcement, he has lived a brave life serving our nation and state,” she said.
Zeldin, who currently sits in the House of Representatives, is running against incumbent Democratic New York Governor Kathy Hochul in November’s general election and has the support of Donald Trump.
His campaign made headlines last month when a man came on stage with supporters during one of Zeldin’s events and tried to stab him. Zeldin was unharmed and his attacker was arrested.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reportedly withdrew from a $25,000 fundraiser for New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Lee Zeldin Sunday because of an “unforeseen tragedy.”
Hochul, meanwhile, has ramped up her attacks on Republicans, telling some to “go back to Florida.”
She also attacked DeSantis at an event dedicated to the Holocaust, saying, “I just want to say to the 1.77 million Jews who call New York home: Thank you for calling New York home. Don’t go anywhere or to another state. Florida is overrated.”
New York is one of the democratic states actively protecting abortion rights before the crucial midterms.
Zeldin is a House Republican running to unseat Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul
DeSantis learned last week that he would be running against Democratic House Representative Charlie Crist in November.
Voters last week voted Crist, who was a registered Republican when he served a term as Florida governor more than a decade ago, over the state’s progressive and outspoken Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.
Crist has blasted DeSantis as a “wannabe dictator” and an “extremist,” telling supporters on election night that the governor “only cares about the White House.” He doesn’t care about your house.’
The Republican, who has quickly become one of the stars of his party, is being heavily touted for running for president in 2024.
He has dodged questions about his White House ambitions in the past and has insisted in recent interviews that his focus is on beating Crist later this year.
But that hasn’t stopped DeSantis from wielding his considerable influence in primary elections across the country in recent months.
He recently finished leading a series of rallies called “Unite and Win” held by Turning Point Action on behalf of GOP candidates in several key swing states.
These include appearances in Arizona with governor hope Kari Lake and Senate candidate Blake Masters; stumbling for JD Vance’s Senate campaign in Ohio; Speeches alongside Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano; and campaigning for GOP candidates in New Mexico.
In his own race against Crist, DeSantis enters with a significantly larger war chest.
DeSantis’ re-election campaign has raised more than $172 million — an impressive haul even for a national candidate, let alone a state contender.
In comparison, Crist has grossed just over $24 million.
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