Email Insights: An “awkward” encounter between David Jolly and Marco Rubio

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The Florida Democratic Party sees Monday’s encounter between Republican congressional candidate David Jolly and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio as “awkward.”

The two Republicans will meet for a campaign swing in Pinellas County. Rubio has already endorsed Jolly for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

What makes the event potentially uncomfortable, according to the FDP, is Jolly’s public opposition to Rubio’s signature immigration-reform proposal.

In the latest email blast to Democratic supporters — titled “Awkward Alert” — the FDP provides a convenient link (they are always so helpful) to a YouTube video where Jolly is saying he would not support the Marco Rubio plan “on its face.”

“We have 11 million people here illegally,” Jolly says. “Because we simply change the name to undocumented instead of illegal doesn’t make it right.”

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“It’s going to be an awkward afternoon when Senator Marco Rubio confronts special interest Lobbyist David Jolly about Jolly’s opposition to Rubio’s signature immigration reform proposal,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Joshua Karp. “It’s just another sign that Lobbyist Jolly and his Tea Party ideology are out of touch with the values of Pinellas families and that we just can’t trust Lobbyist David Jolly.”

It’s true that any conservative worth his (or her) salt responded to Rubio’s co-operation with Democrats as if he was radioactive.

But, then again, that was almost a year ago — nearly a lifetime for some election cycles — especially in the accelerated special election for CD 13.

 Sometimes you just have to hold your nose, and take one for the good of the campaign.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.