Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has canceled an appearance at a campaign event, citing an “unforeseen tragedy.”
DeSantis was due to attend a fundraiser for New York gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) on Sunday evening.
Zeldin is in an election battle against unelected incumbent Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul.
“An unforeseen tragedy forced Gov. DeSantis to reschedule his trip to New York,” Zeldin spokeswoman Katie Vincentz said.
“While we’re rescheduling with Gov. DeSantis for a later date, tonight’s fundraiser will proceed and is expected to raise almost a million dollars.”
Gov. DeSantis’s office has yet to reveal any details of the tragedy.
Shortly before DeSantis pulled out of the event, Hochul took swipes at the Florida governor and his state during a recent speech.
“I just want to say to the 1.77 million Jews who call New York home: Thank you for calling New York home,” Hochul said.
“Don’t go anywhere or to another state. Florida is overrated.”
“I shouldn’t say this but look at the governor.
“It starts at the top down.”
According to The Daily Mail:
It’s not yet clear what the ‘tragedy’ is about.
The Florida governor’s family was wracked by trauma last year when it was announced his wife, Casey DeSantis, had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
She was declared to be cancer-free in March of this year.
Zeldin, who is currently in the House of Representatives, is taking on New York’s incumbent Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul in the November general election and has the backing of Donald Trump.
…In his own race against Crist, DeSantis is going in with a significantly bigger war chest.
DeSantis’ re-election campaign has raised more than $172 million.
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
— Newsmax (@newsmax) August 29, 2022
DeSantis pulls out of $25K-a-plate Zeldin fundraiser over ‘unforeseen tragedy’ https://t.co/P0XrrrqiQt pic.twitter.com/ntsCuukpGj
— New York Post (@nypost) August 28, 2022
CONFIRMED @GovRonDeSantis and family are ok! @nypost article reporting DeSantis cancelled an appearance citing an “unforeseen tragedy” and giving no further details. pic.twitter.com/nm1O50VpnK
— Chris Nelson 🇺🇸 (@ReOpenChris) August 29, 2022