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If David Jolly runs again in 2018, would rank-and-file Republicans support him?

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Unless you’ve been boycotting cable news, former Pinellas County GOP Congressman David Jolly has been a ubiquitous presence, thanks to his unflinching takedowns on Donald Trump, the titular head of the Republican Party. “Donald Trump is done,” Jolly opined on “11th Hour with Brian Williams” last month after the Justice Department named Robert Mueller as the special counsel to oversee the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. While that independence from GOP orthodoxy makes the former lawmaker a desired quantity on MSNBC and CNN, the feelings among some rock-ribbed Republicans toward him…

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Former prosecutor, young GOP leader Berny Jacques contemplating run for House District 66

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Former Pinellas County Assistant State Attorney Berny Jacques is seriously considering a run for the state House District 66 seat next year, which will become an open seat with Republican Larry Ahern term-limited out. The 29-year-old Haitian native has been active with the Pinellas County GOP since he arrived in the community in 2009 to attend Stetson Law School in Gulfport. That’s when he says he was drawn into the grassroots aspects of state government. In many ways Jacques and his family are the embodiment…

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Barclay Harless announces run for St. Petersburg City Council

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Barclay Harless, a 31-year-old banker and former aide to state Sen. Darryl Rouson, will be running for District 2 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council next year. Harless announced Tuesday he will be seeking the seat currently held by Jim Kennedy, who is term-limited out of office next year. “We have a great city and we want to keep it that way and we want to improve upon everything that’s been built over the past two decades,” Harless said last week as to why…

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David Jolly campaign calls on TV stations to pull new DCCC ad linking him to Donald Trump

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The David Jolly campaign is crying foul over a new ad produced by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) that links the Pinellas County Republican with Donald Trump. The Jolly camp calls it a “fake and deceptive television ad,” because it uses photoshopped photos of Jolly posed next to Trump. The Jolly camp says there are no actual photos between the two men because they have never met each other. “This ad is a new low, even for the DCCC and Charlie Crist,” said Sarah Bascom,…

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Beverly Young says she’s voting for Charlie Crist in CD 13 race

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Beverly Young announced Thursday she’s voting for Charlie Crist over David Jolly in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Young made the announcement by placing a photo of her ballot on her Facebook page showing she had scribbled the bubble next to Crist’s name. Young is the widow of Bill Young, who represented Pinellas County in Congress for more than 42 years before he died three years ago at the age of 82. Shortly after his passing, Mrs. Young announced she would support Jolly in the special congressional election to succeed her late husband,…

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David Jolly embraces his independence from Washington in new TV ad featuring him with a dog

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Harry Truman once said if you wanted a friend in Washington, “get a dog.” In a creative twist on that famous phrase, David Jolly is emphasizing his political independence in his first television ad in his bid for re-election to Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Jolly has been derided by officials from the National Republican Congressional Campaign after he went on “60 Minutes” this spring to speak about the STOP Act, his proposal that would ban federal office holders from raising campaign contributions. The…

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Joe Henderson: Mark Bircher supporting Donald Trump could help David Jolly in CD 13

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In a typical election year, Republican Mark Bircher would have a real point of attack against primary opponent U.S. Rep. David Jolly in the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Bircher supports GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Jolly gives every indication that he does not. “We cannot accept divided loyalties when so much is at stake,” Bircher said in a statement. “If Rep. Jolly refuses to endorse Mr. Trump, the Pinellas Republican Party Leadership should throw its full support to…

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