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David Jolly releases first U.S. Senate campaign video

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U.S. Rep. David Jolly released the first official campaign video of his run for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

Entitled simply “The Conservative,” the new ad touts his ideological credentials on issues related to education, Florida fisheries and veterans’ affairs in an appeal to the GOP base.

“A little more than a year ago,” Jolly begins, Pinellas voters elected the 42-year-old lawmaker “in a special election that the pundits said we couldn’t win; a Republican couldn’t win; a conservative couldn’t win.”

Jolly — whose 13th Congressional District was ordered redrawn earlier this month by the Florida Supreme Court, setting off a chain reaction of campaign moves by local pols — hit many of the high points familiar to Republican activists and consumers of conservative media throughout the two-minute spot.

“We have the opportunity to win again, with a conservative message that says to Washington, ‘We will not accept a listless economy,” says Jolly from a podium, speaking to a room of supporters.

“We will not tolerate a failed foreign policy that leaves Americans vulnerable. We also will not accept border security laws that do not work and a healthcare system that Washington now says is not allowed to work.”

Jolly officially declared his candidacy on Monday in his native northern Pinellas, beginning the day with a trip to the burial site of the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who represented his House district for more than 30 years before his death in 2013.

He faces a slew of opponents in his senatorial quest including Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

See the full video below:

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at

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