Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (right) is expected to replace Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) before Election Day, according to reports.
Reports have the popular Florida governor set to show up on Long Island over the weekend in support of Zeldin, attending a “Get Out the Vote” rally in Suffolk County on Saturday night.
Notably, DeSantis was scheduled to attend a fundraiser for the Governor’s Hope in August, but canceled at the last minute to attend a memorial service for a deceased Florida officer, Special Agent Jose Perez:
Special Agent Jose Perez has spent his life serving others, in the United States Armed Forces and, for more than 30 years, in law enforcement. @CaseyDeSantis do i pray for his family and companion @fdlepio officers. https://t.co/yRfRlnZUjg
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 21, 2022
Today we mourn the tragic loss of FDLE Special Agent Jose Perez, who died in the line of duty. With over 20 years in the United States Armed Forces and over 30 years in law enforcement, he lived a valiant life in service to our nation and state. All @fdlepio community is in our prayers. pic.twitter.com/uLabr70SJh
— Casey DeSantis (@CaseyDeSantis) August 29, 2022
During an appearance on Fox News this week, DeSantis expressed optimism for the Empire State, saying “we can elect, I think we will elect a Republican Governor Lee Zeldin.”
DeSantis’ appearance comes on the heels of Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul (D) suggesting she is in fact “the underdog” in the race:
As polls show new momentum in the gubernatorial race, @KathyHochul she is asked if she has any regrets or if she would have done something differently. “I’m the underdog in this race,” she says. Adds that she has only held the post of governor for “a short time”. pic.twitter.com/5PfXVHoVet
— Zack Fink (@ZackFinkNews) October 28, 2022
Additionally, the Democrat made waves this week after urging parents to remask their toddlers to protect against RSV, saying they “are more socialized about wearing a mask anyway.”
“What we’re saying, parents, you know, other kids, you have kids in school, in preschool and you have a baby at home, you might really want to take those extra precautions.” , said the Democrat.
“And now kids are more socialized to the idea of wearing a mask. It’s not as strange to them, it’s not like, ‘What is all this?’ There are a lot of cute masks out there, I’ve seen a lot of them. So that’s something I encourage all parents to consider for their children at this time,” she added, ignoring concerns about the effects of masking on child development:
Here is the clip I referenced above. New York Governor Kathy Hochul also continues:
“Now kids are more socialized to the idea of wearing a mask, it’s not as weird for them, it’s not like that – what is it? There are some really cute masks out there, I’ve seen a lot of them. pic.twitter.com/V3JqVuCLJL
— Eli Klein (@TheEliKlein) October 26, 2022
Recent polls show Zeldin closing the gap in the race. A recent survey even shows the Republican leading the Democratic governor.