Child advocate Mark Lunsford wants you to know the “real” David Jolly

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Mark Lunsford wants Pinellas County voters to know the real David Jolly.

“For two weeks, I have watched the DCCC and Alex Sink lie about who David is and what type of work he did when he traveled to D.C. Well, enough is enough,” says Lunsford, who became a high-profile child advocate after the rape and murder of his daughter Jessica in 2005 by a serial predator.

Jolly is Republican candidate for Florida’s 13th Congressional district to replace the late U.S. Rep. Bill Young, who passed away in October. He was also a lobbyist and served as Young’s General Counsel for nearly 20 years.

In the March 11 CD 13 special election, Jolly faces Sink, former Democratic state CFO and 2010 gubernatorial candidate, and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby.

While pushing for tougher national laws against criminals who prey on children, Lunsford called on David Jolly to petition Congress to fund the U.S. Marshals Service for them to track and apprehend sex offenders.

“David helped secure funding for the Marshals Service,” Lunsford adds. “He helped me when no one else would, and he wanted nothing in return. So, when I see commercials and articles in the paper with accusations of what kind of work David did.”

“I have to speak up because I know who David Jolly really is.”

Lunsford’s endorsement comes after the latest polling that puts Sink slightly behind David Jolly in CD 13. A press release from Jolly’s campaign blasts Alex Sink, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), saying they are “becoming increasingly nervous.”

The statement accuses Democrats of trying to confuse and mislead voters by distorting Jolly’s professional resume using scare tactics and innuendo.

“He is a good man, a hardworking man, a friend and an advocate for those in need,” Lunsford concluded. “And yes, that should make Alex Sink and the Democrats in Washington nervous, because he’s the right person for this job.”

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