Florida’s Republican statewide candidates are doing their part to help in the Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. Gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, his running mate Jeanette Nuñez, Attorney General candidate Ashley Moody and Agriculture Commissioner candidate Matt Caldwell along with a group of Republican volunteers delivered donated goods Saturday to Panama City.
The Panhandle region was decimated when the hurricane, just under category 5 status, slammed into Florida and left behind a path of death and destruction.
The Republican delivery was one of the few outward political efforts seen this past week as the region first prepared for the hurricane and then began the daunting task of rebuilding from it.
DeSantis urged his supporters this week to bring supplies to his campaign rallies held across Florida. The GOP group then drove the supplies across the state, delivering them Saturday morning in hard hit Panama City.
While traveling to the drop-off point, DeSantis, Nuñez, Moody and Caldwell posted a video on social media explaining the reason for the supply drop.
“People need assistance right now so we want to do all we can to be helpful,” said DeSantis.
Moody encouraged Floridians to help the relief effort by donating to Volunteer Florida.
Caldwell said this latest hurricane is just as devastating as Irma and Andrew, both of which struck south Florida.
We’re headed to the Panhandle with a group of volunteers to deliver supplies to those devastated by Hurricane Michael. Florida is strong and resilient, and together, we will recover. #floridastrong pic.twitter.com/i5OppcjeIa
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) October 13, 2018
Two prominent Republicans were missing from Saturday’s efforts – Governor Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. Gov. Scott continues leading Florida’s relief efforts and spent the day touring impacted areas while Patronis, a Panama City resident is on the ground heading up search and rescue operations in his capacity as Florida’s Fire Marshall.