Greg Folley hits airwaves with first TV ad in HD 81

The Marco Island Republican attacks Joe Biden and touts his own background working for Ronald Reagan.

In his first TV ad, House District 81 candidate Greg Folley slams President Joe Biden’s actions on immigration and gender.

Opening with an image of the Marco Island Republican shaking his head while reading the newspaper in a kitchen. “Joe Biden is a tool for the radical left,” he says to the camera. “But did you ever think we’d see an agenda like this?”

The ad cuts to a series of hot-button issues. “Open borders … banning gas stoves … radical transgenderism — even in schools!” Folley narrates. The ad cuts to an image of a drag queen at a story hour.

Folley offers himself as a Ronald Reagan conservative running in HD 81. “I started my career as a college coordinator for Ronald Reagan, fought for American capitalism in business,” Folley said. “And I’ll fight for you in the Legislature to stop the woke agenda, keeping us the Free State of Florida.”

Folley has been the money leader in the race to succeed state Rep. Bob Rommel, a Naples Republican who can’t run again due to term limits.

The Marco Island City Council member raised more than $31,000 in the first quarter in his campaign account, bringing total fundraising there to more than $123,000. The former Caterpillar Vice President also put in almost $326,000 in candidate loans. Meanwhile, his Friends of Greg Folley has raised nearly $173,000.

His campaign account closed the quarter with more than $357,000 in cash on hand, with the pollical committee boasting another nearly $160,000.

In a GOP Primary, he faces Moms For Liberty activity Yvette Benarroch, who has U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds’ endorsement, and Brandy Alexander, a local activist who filed in March.

Benarroch raised about $10,000 in the first quarter for her campaign, bringing total fundraising to around $80,000. With a $25,000 candidate loan, She closed the quarter with more than $81,000 cash. Alexander has raised just $250 to date.

The winner of the GOP Primary will advance to Democrat Charles Work, who has reported no fundraising to date.

Folley appears to be the first candidate to take his message to the airwaves. He will stress his experience in the private sector, as well as time working to support Reagan.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


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