We've written a lot about how Ron DeSantis mainly campaigned for the Republican gubernatorial nomination from a Fox News studio, rather than mixing it up with Florida voters. So we should note that this week Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum was the one conspicuously absent from from the campaign trail, while DeSantis put some wear and tear on his cowboy boots campaigning across the state.
DeSantis himself noted it during a campaign stop in Casselberry this morning.
"Jeanette and I have been all over the place," he said, referring to his running mate, state Rep. Jeanette Nunez. "My opponent, he's like missing in action. Nobody's seen him because he's got all these problems and he knows it's going to be tough to answer the questions."
Last Saturday, Tallahassee Mayor Gillum held a rally in Orlando that drew a monster crowd estimated at 1,200. Since then he attended a Tallahassee City Commission meeting Wednesday but not a single public campaign event in Florida.
DeSantis has held 10 public events this week, including four today in the Orlando area and Vero Beach.
It's no surprise that a candidate would begin the general election hitting the out of state fundraising circuit, as Gillum did in Washington and San Francisco. But it's also perfectly fair for DeSantis to point out the contrast.