Ron DeSantis withdrew from Lee Zeldin’s fundraiser to attend memorial service

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis withdraw from fundraising for New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin to attend Monday’s memorial service for members of his security who died in the line of duty, sources told The Post.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Jose Perez was responding to a call on an unmarked cruiser on August 2 when he was hit by Javier Sandoval, 35, in Miami.

Perez was rushed to hospital with serious injuries and died on August 20.

Sandoval was later arrested and charged with several charges, including DUI and vehicular homicide.

“Today we mourn the tragic loss of FDLE Special Agent Jose Perez, who died in the line of duty,” Florida first lady Casey DeSantis wrote on Twitter ahead of Monday’s service. “With over 20 years in the US armed forces & over 30 years in law enforcement, he lived a valiant life serving our nation & country. all @fdlepio community is in our prayers.”

DeSantis is slated to headline a $25,000-a-plate fundraiser for Zeldin at Oyster Bay on Sunday night, an event that candidate representatives say is expected to raise nearly $1 million.

Conservative commentator Dan Bongino fills in on DeSantis, sources say.

Ron De Santis.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attended a memorial service for members of his security who died in the line of duty.
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Special Agent Jose Perez.
Special Agent Jose Perez was responding to a call on an unmarked cruiser on August 2 when he was hit by Javier Sandoval.
FDLE
Lee Zeldin's fundraiser.
Rep. Lee Zeldin held a $25,000 per plate fundraiser in Oyster Bay, Long Island.
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Zeldin told the audience that Perez was part of the DeSantis security team and that he would return to Florida to attend a service in his honor.

Despite being unable to attend the evening’s event, DeSantis was in Deal, New Jersey, earlier in the day at the home of Jay Cayre, head of Midtown Equities, sources told The Post.

A Zeldin spokesman said DeSantis would return to New York at a later date for an event with the candidate.

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