Florida Democrats take shot at David Jolly after he announces entrance into CD 13 race

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Shortly after Rick Baker released a statement saying he would not be a candidate in the Special Election for Congressional District 13, Republican lobbyist David Jolly announced he would enter the race.

Jolly is Young’s former general counsel and is close with the Young family.

“It’s something that I think I’m uniquely qualified for and I say that very humbly,” Jolly, 40, told Curtis Krueger of the Tampa Bay Times.

The Florida Democratic Party wasted no time before attacking Jolly.

“Washington lobbyist David Jolly built his career and his livelihood by trying to manipulate the dysfunctional politics of Washington in order to enrich himself at the expense of middle class families — and that’s exactly what Floridians hate about Congress,” said spokesman Joshua Karp. “If Jolly is the eventual Republican nominee — a big if — then Floridians will see a clear contrast between a proven problem solver with a record of getting results and a Washington lobbyist who would do exactly what lobbyists always do in Congress: make things worse.”

For what it’s worth — and in my book it’s worth a lot — Jolly’s cousin is PR maven Sarah Bascom. She offered several rare Saturday afternoon tweets in promotion of Jolly. Maybe he can ask her to rebut the FDP.


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