Email Insights: Valentine to David Jolly, like a turd in the chocolate box

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Valentine’s Day might be a time for millions of lovers to celebrate romance and sentimentality, but for the Florida Democratic Party, the day also comes with a thick layer of snark—especially in Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District.

Today’s FDP email blast highlights a lovely Valentine card to Republican candidate David Jolly — from his benefactor and finance co-chair, “millionaire James MacDougald.”

How sweet, until you read it.

“We agree on so much,” the card starts. “Like making Pinellas seniors, veterans and middle class families pay more while protecting tax breaks for corporations and the ultra-wealthy.”

In an earlier email, the Democrats pointed out that MacDougald called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme,” calling to end the “unconstitutional” Department of Education and that 47 percent of Americans are “dependent” on the government.  They also quote Jolly echoing the sentiment, by saying recently  “Social Security is not guaranteed.”

Naturally, those comments go over with Democrats like a turd in the chocolate box. The FDP quickly goes into overdrive.

 “After Lobbyist David Jolly’s firms were paid nearly $100,000 by radical millionaire James MacDougald,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Joshua Karp, “it’s no surprise that Lobbyist Jolly is pushing MacDougald’s Tea Party agenda that would make seniors, veterans and middle class families pay more while protecting unfair tax breaks for corporations and the ultra-wealthy.”

“With Jolly’s heart already bought and sold to shady special interests, it’s no wonder Lobbyist Jolly has no love for Pinellas residents,” Karp adds. “But it’s just more proof that we can’t trust a special interest lobbyist like Jolly in Washington.”

Today’s takeaway; on Valentine’s Day, all’s fair in love — and politics.

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.