Janet Cruz heads to Puerto Rico on aid trip - Florida Politics

Janet Cruz heads to Puerto Rico on aid trip

House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa is traveling to Puerto Rico Wednesday “to deliver 30,000 pounds of much-needed relief supplies, including food, water, and medical necessities,” her spokesman said.

Cruz is working with “Major League Baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Moffitt Cancer Center,” according to Anders Croy, communications director for the House Democratic Office.

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“Additionally, the group will also be bringing back tissue samples currently on the verge of spoiling that represent years of critical medical research, cancer patients seeking care on the mainland here in Florida, and a group of nuns displaced by the storm,” he added.

In a statement, Cruz said, “After disasters, it’s our duty as citizens to look out for each other.”

“More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, the island’s power grid remains in shambles, and authorities say it will take months to fully restore electricity,” NPR reported. “Nearly 90 percent of the island is still without power, which means millions of people remain without electricity weeks after the storm.”

“We all must ensure we are doing everything we possibly can to help our Puerto Rican neighbors recover,” Cruz said.

Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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  1. You neglected to mention that St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman was along and was a major partner. He has been a terrific mayor and is up against a candidate who has huge oligarch money behimd him.

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