Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani joins Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis on Sunday during a campaign stop in South Daytona. The Republican leaders, along with Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, will headline a rally at 1:30 p.m. at the Volusia County REC Headquarters. The group then heads to the Boca Raton Victory Office for another event. DeSantis and Bondi will continue to a barbeque supporting the Republican ticket this year at Sharon J. Sheffield Park in Lynn Haven.

Giuliani, who led New York when the city was attacked on 9/11, today acts as one of President Donald Trump’s personal attorneys.

He’s represented serves at time as a chief surrogate pushing back against the ongoing Russia Probe by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Giuiliani comes to the Sunshine State a day after Trump holds a second rally in a week promoting DeSantis’ candidacy.

DeSantis faces Democrat Andrew Gillum in the gubernatorial election.

This won’t be the first time Giuliani weighs in on the Florida race. On Oct. 30, he attacked Gillum on Twitter.

“The Democrat candidate for Governor in Florida is reportedly under criminal investigation by the FBI,” Giuliani said. “His city has highest crime in State. He wants to raise your taxes. I’m not sure you know this because the press has been sickenly biased. Vote for Ron DeSantis.”

Of course, it may be unlikely voters paying to the attention missed those accusations. DeSantis regularly makes the assertions a part of his stump speeches at rallies, and Trump stressed the talking points at a rally earlier this week.

Bondi ultimately jumped on the DeSantis train after endorsing Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the primary.

But Bondi’s presence alongside Giuliani helps stress the pro-law enforcement message that DeSantis has drilled in during the final stretch of the campaign. DeSantis, Giuliana and Bondi all started their careers as prosecutors.

About The Author

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at

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