Fla Governor and Casey DeSantis make surprise appearance at a wedding reception in Iowa

A week for weddings saw dueling candidates crashing ceremonies, emphasizing some of the contrasts of their campaigns.

Days out from the Iowa State Fair and less than three weeks from the first GOP presidential primary debate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continued to build his ground game in The Hawkeye State. On Saturday, that included what appeared to be taking a page from former President Donald Trump’s playbook as he and his wife Casey DeSantis made a surprise appearance at a wedding reception.

Video shared on Iowa state Rep. Taylor Collins’s social media showed as he and his bride Savannah entered a dining hall to their guests with the governor and his wife not far behind. The groom captioned the scene, “You never know who will crash your wedding reception during caucus season! An honor to be on #TeamDeSantis.”

The event took place in Des Moines, Iowa as the governor continued his stated goal of visiting each of the state’s 99 counties prior to the Jan. 15, 2024 caucus. According to The New York Times, while DeSantis was not on the original list of the 150 guests in attendance, the bride had actually invited him and his wife as a surprise for the groom, one of the dozens of Iowa legislators to have endorsed him for president.

Collins later said in an email to the Times “It was great for our family and friends from across the country to experience firsthand what it’s like to be in Iowa during caucus season. I can’t think of a better way to end the night than seeing everyone spend time with the governor.”

Days prior to the Iowa reception, Trump had just returned to his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club from his arraignment in Washington, D.C. when he made a splash of his own, crashing the wedding of two supporters to chants of “USA! USA!”

While many reacted to DeSantis’ move Saturday as copying the primary frontrunner, each man still embodied their own unique style. The president could be seen holding a microphone to offer a brief remark, congratulating the happy couple whom he went on to take a photo with.

Meanwhile, the governor was said to mingle for an hour with the Iowa wedding guests, a number of them reportedly among his list of supporters, including the state’s Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg who joined in sharing pictures from the event.

The suggestion that DeSantis had been a last-minute guest for the newlyweds went overlooked by many of his detractors online who viewed their appearance as “upstaging the bride and groom.”

Of course, not all reactions were negative as many voiced their support for the candidate and others looked beyond the politics to comment on the moment itself.


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