Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis irked an influential New York Republican after his presidential campaign failed to coordinate a Rockland County fundraiser with the local party leader.
The suburban county’s GOP Chair Lawrence Garvey told POLITICO he got no heads up from the DeSantis campaign before it sent out a flier for a $6,600-a-person June 29 fundraiser with “major business leaders” at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern.
“The Republican Party is a big tent and we’re always honored to have national figures come to Rockland County. At the same time there’s courtesies and protocols involved,” Garvey said.
“While we understand communication can sometimes be difficult, we nevertheless think that communication is necessary,” Garvey continued, adding that he was “disappointed” when he didn’t get an apology for the slight.
A DeSantis campaign rep did not return messages. The campaign moved the fundraiser to a more private venue after Democratic groups planned to protest the event, according to a person familiar with the event.
The original venue is part of first-term