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Ex-David Jolly staffer Preston Rudie now consulting for Jack Latvala

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Preston Rudie, who served as the communications director for former U.S. Representative David Jolly, is now doing media consulting work for another Pinellas County Republican, state Senator Jack Latvala. The Clearwater lawmaker is the most high-profile client for Rudie since he’s gone into the consulting business. He says that with the Catalyst Communications Group, he’ll be working with both private companies and elected officials. Rudie was an award-winning television reporter with more than 20 Emmy’s and 6 Edward R. Murrow awards to his…

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On MSNBC, David Jolly wonders how serious Donald Trump is taking the presidency

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David Jolly is in New York this week, making the rounds at the cable news networks as one Republican not afraid to criticize Donald Trump. On his latest appearance on MSNBC’s The Last Word (with guest host Joy Reid), the former (and possibly future?) congressman from Florida’s 13th District called Trump’s first month in office “his JV moment,” specifically referring to Stephen Miller’s performance on the Sunday morning shows. Miller is the 31-year old senior adviser to Trump who is reported to be working alongside Steve…

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Charlie Crist may be likable, but how soon before he eyes a new gig?

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One of Charlie Crist’s best traits is his likability. He can be a candle-in-the-wind on issues, depending on his audience. Changing parties infuriated Republicans and made Democrats skeptical. And once he gets a job, he tends to get wandering eyes for his next gig. But damn, he is a really nice guy. Despite his baggage, people like him and a lot of them vote for him. That’s one reason he rose above the political tsunami that swamped Democrats nationwide and…

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Charlie Crist, Stephanie Murphy among top GOP targets for 2018

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National Republicans, in an effort to boost their majority for the midterms, are targeting top House Democrats over the next two years – including Florida’s Charlie Crist and Stephanie Murphy. POLITICO first reported on the list of 36 lawmakers coming from the National Republican Congressional Committee, with a particular focus on “blue-collar parts of the country where President Donald Trump is popular.” Nearly one-third of the districts on the NRCC spreadsheet were taken by President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton…

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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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Poll shows Charlie Crist would beat David Jolly if a rematch is in the cards

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Even though there are more than 20 months before Election Day 2018, a week does not go by without a mention — or several — in the media about a possible rematch between Charlie Crist and David Jolly in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. In a new StPetePolls survey of CD 13 voters, Crist would edge out Jolly by about eight points if such a rematch were held today. Crist would get nearly 49 percent, compared to Jolly, who gets just…

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After leaving Charlie Crist for David Jolly, Vito Sheeley says “I’m still a Democrat”

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Vito Sheeley says that despite his decision to now work for former Republican Congressman David Jolly, he remains a Democrat. In one of the more enigmatic personnel developments in Tampa Bay area politics recently, Sheeley announced Monday that he was leaving the office of Charlie Crist,  to now work for Jolly as a senior adviser. Crist defeated Jolly in Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District race last fall. The move came just days after reports that Sheeley was going to work for St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman‘s office, along with (unreported) rumors Crist had jettisoned Sheeley…

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