Janet Cruz Brands Jay Collins 'Extreme' in Latest Attack Ad

Janet Cruz Brands Jay Collins 'Extreme' in Latest Attack Ad

Highly anticipated race comes down to Jan. 6 riots

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
November 3, 2022

State Senator Janet Cruz (D-18) just launched a new ad bashing her opponent, combat veteran, Jay Collins (R-18) calling him, "extreme," for featuring a January 6th riot participant in a commercial.

Collins is a retired U.S. Army Green Beret and is currently running for the Florida state senate.  Over the Summer The Floridian spoke with Collins to share his story of growing up disadvantaged and why he is challenging Janet Cruz for her seat in the Florida senate.

Cruz, who has joined the rest of her Democratic colleagues in the Florida Legislature to bash Gov. Ron DeSantis, tweeted out her latest ad, which is only 15 seconds long, bashing Collins for being, "extreme."  Cruz wrote, "My opponent’s promotion of those involved in the January 6 insurrection tells you all you need to know about his extreme agenda that is out of sync with my values and my neighbor’s values. Tampa needs a Senator that will put problem-solving first, not partisan politics."

The narrator of the ad calls Collins, "So extreme, he put a January 6th rioter in his ad.  And if he put these guys in his ads, imagine what he will do in the Senate."

While Cruz has attempted to frame herself as a more moderate choice for District 18, she has recently found herself in the scope of activist, Andrew Pollack.  Pollack is the father of a girl who was killed in the unfortunate Parkland shooting in 2018 and put pressure on Democrat senators like Lauren Book (D) because they allegedly, "approved a political ad that puts kids on shooting targets."

Republicans, who are poised to have a super majority in the state legislature after the 2022 midterm elections, have made significant gains in Florida but could it be enough to tear into the Democrat stronghold of Tampa, Florida?  Collins will have to put up a tough fight for the seat, but it very well could surprise voters next week.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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