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 TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it 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 ConwayGeorge Conway: If Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Biden, he 'should be impeached and removed from office' Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' Journalists, political heavyweights pay respects to Cokie Roberts: 'A pioneer for so many' 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 DeSantisTrump parts ways with key Florida adviser: report Death and destruction: A timeline of Hurricane Dorian How to take politics beyond charges of racism 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.