Questions linger about Janet Cruz’s residency
Critics of state Representative Janet Cruz are accusing the longtime lawmaker of not living in the urban Tampa district she represents.
An anonymous tipster claiming not to be a member of Cruz’s opposition in her bid for Florida Senate raised the question in an email pointing to Cruz’s husband, Stephen Rifkin, who owns a waterfront mansion in a different House district — one currently held by Jackie Toledo.
Cruz, a Democrat, is running against Republican Sen. Dana Young in Senate District 18, which encompasses both of Cruz’s properties and her husband’s.
An analysis of property records, as well as Cruz’s marriage records and past comments to the media, gives credence to suspicions about where indeed she lays her head at night.
Records show Cruz owns two homes, both in Toledo’s South Tampa HD 60. One is located at 4114 W. Empedrado Street, the other at 4428 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Cruz’s husband owns another home in HD 60, at 5035 W. San Miguel Street.
Cruz and Rifkin were married in 2003.