Ron DeSantis ‘forced to pull out of $25,000 per capita fundraiser’ for New York Republican governor candidate Lee Zeldin over ‘unforeseen tragedy’
- DeSantis was supposed to appear with Zeldin at a Sunday event on Long Island
- Zeldin’s office said he had to pull out because of an ‘unforeseen tragedy’
- They didn’t go into details, but said DeSantis would reschedule
- The wife of Florida Governor Casey DeSantis was previously diagnosed with breast cancer but was declared cancer-free last March.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis withdrew Sunday from a $25,000-a-plate fundraiser for Republican New York governor candidate Lee Zeldin due to an “unforeseen tragedy,” according to reports.
Zeldin spokeswoman Katie Vincentz told the New York Post: “An unforeseen tragedy forced Governor DeSantis to move his trip to New York. While we reschedule with Governor DeSantis for a later date, tonight’s fundraiser continues and is expected to raise nearly a million dollars.”
She did not go into details ahead of the event in Oyster Bay on Long Island.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the offices of both Zeldin and DeSantis for comment.
It is not yet clear what the ‘tragedy’ is about. The Florida governor’s family was traumatized last year when it was revealed that his wife, Casey DeSantis, had breast cancer.
She was declared cancer-free in March of this year.
Zeldin is running against incumbent Democratic Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, in the November general election and has the backing of Donald Trump.
His campaign made headlines last month when a man walked onto the stage at one of Zeldin’s events with supporters and tried to stab him. Zeldin was unharmed and his attacker was arrested.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis withdrew Sunday from a $25,000-a-plate fundraiser for New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin over an “unforeseen tragedy,” according to reports.
Hochul, meanwhile, has stepped up her attacks on Republicans, telling some to “go back to Florida.”
She also attacked DeSantis at an event marking the Holocaust by saying, “I just want to say to the 1.77 million Jews who are calling New York home: Thank you for calling New York home. Do not go anywhere or to any other state. Florida is overrated.”
New York is one of the Democratic states actively protecting abortion rights ahead of the pivotal midterm elections.
Zeldin is a House Republican representing Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul. want to relieve
DeSantis learned last week that he would face Democratic House Representative Charlie Crist in November.
Voters last week chose Crist, who was a registered Republican when he served a term as Florida governor more than a decade ago, over progressive and outspoken agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried.
Crist has labeled DeSantis a “wannabe dictator” and an “extremist” and on election night told supporters 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 heavily touted to run for president in 2024.
He has sidestepped questions about his White House ambitions in the past, and in recent interviews has insisted that his focus is on beating Crist later this year.
But that hasn’t stopped DeSantis from wielding significant influence in primaries across the country in recent months.
He recently headlined a series of rallies called ‘Unite and Win’ held by Turning Point Action on behalf of GOP candidates in several key swing states.
That includes appearances in Arizona with gubernatorial hopefuls Kari Lake and Senate candidate Blake Masters; stumping for JD Vance’s Ohio Senate campaign; speaking alongside Pennsylvania governor candidate Doug Mastriano; and campaigning for GOP candidates in New Mexico.
In his own race against Crist, DeSantis goes in with a significantly larger war chest.