Republican State House candidate Bob Cortes announced his biggest endorsements to date, earning the backing of both Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Rick Scott in his bid to reclaim House District 30.
“I am proud to endorse Bob Cortes as District 30’s next State Representative because I have seen first-hand the hard work that Bob puts in every day on behalf of his community,” Rubio said in a press release. “Bob has always put partisan politics aside because his main priority is the families of his district. That’s why I encourage every voter to send Bob back to the Florida House so he can continue the important work he has done on their behalf.”
Rubio was elected to the U.S Senate in 2010. Previously, he served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
“Bob Cortes has always worked across the aisle to get things done and put his community first,” Scott added. “I fully endorse Bob Cortes because he has been a true fighter for Central Florida and we need his effective leadership back in the Florida House of Representatives.”
Scott has served as United States Senator since 2019 and was Florida’s 45th Governor, serving from 2011 to 2019.
The Republican lawmakers join a long list of backers to line up behind the former state representative. Cortes has also secured several key endorsements from Republican state leaders, including House Speaker-designate Chris Sprowls and Senate President-designate Wilton Simpson.
Cortes has also been endorsed by several groups and associations throughout the state, including the Greater Orlando Builders Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, and BusinessForce, Florida Chamber of Commerce, and the Florida Police Benevolent Association.
“Both Senator Scott and Senator Rubio have always been advoates for the residents of Central Florida,” said Cortes. “They are always willing to roll up their sleeves to get things done, and it’s a real honor to have their support.”
Cortes, who served in the Florida House from 2014 to 2018, is eyeing a return to the political arena. The businessman is seeking to reclaim HD 30 this November — a seat that is currently held by Democratic State Representative Joy Goff-Marcil, who won the 2018 election.
As it stands, Cortes holds a solid fundraising advantage over his opponent, with $147,160 in cash and in-kind contributions. He has also amassed a streak of straw poll victories.
Goff-Marcil has reported $85,903 in her campaign coffer, and has been backed by the Florida Education Association (FEA) and Ruth’s List.
Cortes filed for a rematch against Goff-Marcil in late-April, citing his decision had nothing to do with his political aspirations but was based solely on the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.