Governor Ron DeSantis was scheduled to speak Sunday at a fundraiser for New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin in Long Island.
The fundraiser cost $25,000-a-plate to hear Gov. DeSantis speak at the event in Oyster Bay.
However, DeSantis had to pull out of the fundraiser due to an “unforeseen tragedy.”
DeSantis will reschedule his trip to New York.
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An "unforeseen tragedy" forced Gov. Ron DeSantis to pull out of a fundraiser for New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin, according to reports. https://t.co/V9x8XZBMIu
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“An unforeseen tragedy forced Governor DeSantis to reschedule his trip to New York,” Zeldin spokeswoman Katie Vincentz said, declining to elaborate.
“While we’re rescheduling with Governor DeSantis for a later date, tonight’s fundraiser will proceed and is expected to raise almost a million dollars.”
From the New York Post:
With DeSantis vaulting to national prominence in recent years, Zeldin has been hoping to add some political wattage to his fight against Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Hochul has put Florida and DeSantis in her crosshairs in recent weeks, with repeated attacks on the rising conservative firebrand.
She fired an unprompted shot at DeSantis at a recent event commemorating the Holocaust.
“I just want to say to the 1.77 million Jews who call New York home: Thank you for calling New York home,” the governor said. “Don’t go anywhere or to another state. Florida is overrated.”
The broadsides prompted one New York GOP official to call on Hochul to focus on her home state.
“Hochul should give up her creepy obsession with Florida and focus on the crime and economic crises in her own backyard,” New York GOP State Committee Chair Nick Langworthy said in a statement Friday.
Gov. Hochul told Republicans at a recent event to “jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong…you are not New Yorkers.”
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Lindsey Curnutte, a DeSantis campaign spokesperson, chided Hochul in an email to Newsmax.
“An event about Holocaust education is not the time to launch cheap attacks at a fellow governor,” Curnutte told Newsmax. “Kathy Hochul’s tasteless comments were offensive to thousands of Jewish people who are fleeing her state because of New York’s oppressive taxes, shuttered businesses, crime-infested cities, and needless mandates.”