An "unforeseen tragedy" forced Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., to pull out of a fundraiser for New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin, the New York Post reported.
DeSantis had been scheduled to appear at a $25,000-a-plate gathering in Oyster Bay, New York, on Sunday.
"An unforeseen tragedy forced Gov. DeSantis to reschedule his trip to New York," Zeldin spokeswoman Katie Vincentz said, the Post reported. "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."
Vincentz gave no other details regarding DeSantis' absence at the fundraiser.
Rep. Zeldin, R-N.Y., is running against incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y.
Hochul took an indirect shot at DeSantis during a recent bill signing tied to Holocaust education in schools, the Post reported.
"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."
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."
Then last week, Hochul said Zeldin, former President Donald Trump, and Dutchess County (N.Y.) Executive Marc Molinaro should "just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong. OK? Get out of town. Because you don't represent our values."
New York GOP State Committee Chair Nick Langworthy on Friday said Hochul should Focus on the Empire State.
"Hochul should give up her creepy obsession with Florida and focus on the crime and economic crises in her own backyard," Langworthy said, the Post reported.
Siena College poll results released earlier this month showed Hochul holding a 14-point lead in the race.
Trump is set to hold a Sept. 4 fundraiser for Zeldin in New Jersey.
DeSantis himself is running for reelection in November, when he'll oppose former Gov. Charlie Crist, D-Fla.
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