Email Insights: For David Jolly, it’s the company he keeps

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One thing to say for the onslaught of competing advertising in the Florida 13th Congressional District race — $12 million and counting — candidates are judged by the company they keep.

Even if it is a conference call.

In the latest Jolly-bashing email to supporters, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee blasts the Republican for taking part in a Thursday evening conference call (through a link that doesn’t exist) with none other than U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan – he of the infamous Ryan Budget – which, if enacted, would “end the Medicare guarantee for seniors.”

One would think that the DCCC doesn’t believe that a conference call would signify the end of Medicare for Pinellas County seniors.

But you would be wrong.

“The fact that Lobbyist David Jolly would flaunt an endorsement from Congressman Paul Ryan – who would end the Medicare guarantee for seniors – shows just how out of touch Lobbyist Jolly is with Pinellas’ values,” said DCCC spokesperson David Bergstein.

“Jolly has already lobbied Ryan on behalf of a radical special interest who supports privatizing Social Security – forcing seniors to gamble their retirement in the stock market – and Jolly even praised Ryan’s budget that turns Medicare into a costly voucher program,” Bergstein added.

“Tonight was just the latest sign that Pinellas residents simply cannot trust Lobbyist David Jolly.”

If consorting with unsavory types like Ryan wasn’t enough, the DCCC once again rolls out the “privatization of Social Security” straw man that is the backbone of the Democratic Jolly attack plan.

Oh, and the Social Security “Ponzi Scheme” theme makes yet another appearance. 

In Pinellas County, a politician can’t even pick up the phone anymore, without it becoming a talking point for the opposition. 

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.