Rep. Jay Fant (R) continues to press his candidacy for Attorney General of Florida as he campaigns around the state addressing like-minded Republican voters. After speaking to the Southwest Broward Republican Organization (SWBRO), which is ran by businessman Jay Narang in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Fant spoke to the Shark Tank about how he would work with the federal government, if he was elected to succeed Pam Bondi.
Fant said that the role of the state attorney general was to “defend our state” from the regulatory overreach of groups like the EPA, adding that “just because there is a Republican administration in the White House, Florida still needs to protect itself from overregulation from groups like the EPA.”
Fant also said that because President Trump was “a partner of Florida,” both federal and state regulators could look forward to working together in a not-so-hostile environment, but warned that if federal regulators error in their judgment and threatened Florida’s sovereignty, he would then be compelled to slap them with litigation in defense of the state.
When we ask him to address the hot button issue of “sanctuary cities,” Fant, who supports President Trump’s immigration policy, pointed to state immigration laws that “mirror many of the federal laws” already in place, adding that the attorney general’s job was to make sure these state laws are enforced.
We have state laws that mirror many of the federal laws. If there is a municipality or any government agency that is not in comport with our state constitution and even our statutes, that’s where the attorney general comes in and enforces the rule of law. There is a major role with that type of legislation.- Rep. Jay Fant (R)
Former Hillsborough County Judge Ashley Moody (R) has also filed run to succeed Pam Bondi, and would face Fant in a Republican primary election.