Sean Hannity will lend his considerable conservative star power to Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis when the Fox News host holds a rally for the Republican in downtown Tampa.
Hannity and DeSantis will campaign side-by-side at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel, the second stop in a three-city tour of Florida. The two first visited Fort Myers and will end the day in Pensacola.
The Tampa event begins at 2 p.m. and is scheduled to last 90 minutes.
DeSantis is trailing Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the Republican primary by double digits, according to a Fox News poll. But he begins the final two months of the campaign with the official endorsement of President Donald Trump and now gets a boost from Hannity, a top Trump ally.
DeSantis also is now on the air with his first ads of the political season (one of which just aired during half time of the World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico on Fox).
In Fort Myers, hundreds of people stopped by a hotel to catch DeSantis and Hannity, who were also joined by Rep. Matt Gaetz. Like DeSantis, Gaetz is a frequent Fox News guest and a defender of Trump.
Florida Democrats panned the visit as evidence that DeSantis is more interested in his reputation among Fox News viewers than Floridians. Putnam has similarly criticized DeSantis for appearing more on the cable news network to talk about the Russia investigation than on the campaign trail.
"Ron DeSantis acts more like a cable news pundit than a candidate for governor and his entire campaign feels like an audition for a primetime slot on Fox News," said state Democratic Party spokesman Kevin Donohoe. "For months, DeSantis has completely ignored the people of Florida and instead spent his time in a green room pandering to Sean Hannity and the most extreme voices on the right."