Republican State House candidate Bob Cortes released his first campaign ad on Wednesday in his bid to take back House District 30 in November.
The 30-second ad, titled “Bob,” features several people in the district, including former Major League Baseball (MLB) great Johnny Damon, touting Cortes’ leadership and years of experience working as a public servant.
“He is a very honest, loving man. Whatever he tells you he’s going to do he keeps his word,” Cortes’ wife says at the start of the video.
“Bob is not just a slogan. Bob lives the real deal,” a military veteran continues in the ad. “Bob Cortes is going to give you the respect you deserve, and he’s going to take care of your issue.
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 cash advantage over his opponent and has amassed a streak of straw poll victories in the lead up to the November 3 election. He has also amassed several key endorsements from Republican 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.
“I know Bob Cortes. He will fight for this community,” says Damon, a former outfielder who won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankee “He will always put people over politics.
Cortes filed for a rematch against Goff-Marcil in late-April, citing his decision had nothing to do with himself or his aspirations but was based solely on the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.