Florida first lady to miss Women for Trump event due to planned execution

Florida first lady to miss Women for Trump event due to planned execution
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Florida first lady Casey DeSantis will reportedly miss a Tampa event for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE’s reelection campaign because it conflicts with a scheduled execution.

DeSantis was initially listed as an attendee at the Women for Trump event with White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayBrazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record Conway: Reported sexist Bloomberg remarks 'far worse' than what Trump said on 'Access Hollywood' tape Candidates make electability arguments, talk Bloomberg as focus turns to more diverse states MORE and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. The event, however, is scheduled at the same time as the execution of serial killer Gary Ray Bowles, during which time “everyone is locked down” so Department of Corrections officials can stay in touch with the governor’s office, Alex Garcia, who is overseeing Trump's reelection campaign efforts in Florida, told Politico.

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A spokesperson for Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisCourt sides with ex-felons who challenged Florida voting requirement Trump Medicaid proposal sparks bipartisan warnings Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 MORE’s (R) office told Politico that although the first lady does not hold an elected office, "out of protocol the executive office of the governor does not participate in any public event" during executions.

Bondi herself was criticized in 2013 for asking then-Gov. Rick Scott (R) to reschedule an execution to allow him to attend a kickoff fundraiser for her reelection, which she later said she should not have done.