FLORIDA (Yaakov M / VINnews) — A spokeswoman for Governor Ron DeSantis blasted New York Governor Kathy Hochul for exploiting a Holocaust event to score political points.
On Wednesday, Hochul appeared at an event celebrating a new law that will require schools to expand education about the Holocaust. She used the appearance to bash the Florida Governor in front of an elderly Jewish crowd.
Hochul told the audience, which included Holocaust survivors: “I just want to say to the 1.77 million Jews who call New York home: Thank you for calling New York home. Don’t go anywhere or to another state. Florida is overrated. I shouldn’t say this, but look at the governor. It starts at the top down.”
Hochul then made light of the tasteless remarks, saying: “Getting in trouble — gotta stay on script,” before introducing Holocaust survivor Celia Kener.
In response, the DeSantis campaign accused Hochul of launching “cheap attacks.”
Hochul's glib smugness aside, it's no joke that residents of her state are fleeing to the one DeSantis runs. Who gets the last laugh? https://t.co/p84u4zlDDY
— Peter (@EmpireRsrch) August 10, 2022
“An event about Holocaust education is not the time to launch cheap attacks at a fellow governor,” spokeswoman Lindsey Curnutte said in an email. “Kathy Hochul’s tasteless comments were offensive to thousands of Jewish people who are fleeing her state because of New York’s oppressive taxes, shuttered businesses, crime-infested cities, and needless mandates.”