Ana Cruz named new Democrat commentator for Bay News 9

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Democratic strategist Ana Cruz is the new Democrat commentator for Bay News 9, according to Bright House Networks, the cable broadcaster which owns the local news station. Cruz replaces Betty Castor.

“Very excited to be onboard during this election,” Cruz tweeted early Thursday.

Cruz spent the past decade working in local, state and federal government. Cruz began her legislative career in 1998 as an aide to Representative Bob Henriquez. Shortly thereafter, Cruz accepted a senior staff position with U.S. Senator Bill Nelson as his Central Florida director. While there, Cruz expanded her knowledge of Central Florida and the state, as well as fostered lasting relationships with business leaders and local elected officials.

In 2002, Cruz was asked by party leaders to serve as the executive director of the Florida Democratic Party. Two years later she formed Leaders Edge, LLC in her hometown of Tampa. While there, Cruz was a key figure in the 2006 landmark deal between the City of Orlando, Orange County and the Orlando Magic to build the new $480 million Amway Center in Downtown Orlando. Cruz also has significant experience and knowledge of federal, state and local government telecommunications issues, and she continues to represent a diverse clientele in the pharmaceutical, airline and healthcare industries.

Currently, Cruz is an associate of lobbying firm Floridian Partners.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.