Daisy Baez and Janet Cruz

State Rep. Janet Cruz is under fire for the same political deception that forced the resignation of her Florida House colleague Daisy Baez one year ago.

A week after resigning from office, fellow Democrat Baez pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying about her address on a voter-registration form.  Cruz, who represents residents in HD 62, also used a different address on her form than her actual residence.

There is an ethics complaint filed against the term-limited Cruz, who is fighting an uphill battle to unseat incumbent state Sen. Dana Young in Hillsborough County. Have a look at the complaint by clicking HERE.

In addition to resigning, Baez paid a $1,000 fine, took an ethics course and served one year of probation, during which time she hasn’t been able to run for public office, according to the plea agreement.  

While the ethics complaint was pending against Baez, Cruz, in a statement as minority leader, did not address the merits of the allegations.

“I consider Rep. Baez a friend and I know her to be a dedicated public servant,’’ Cruz said. “I look forward to this issue receiving a fair review under the

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