Move over Bob Barker … U.S. Sen. John McCain endorses David Jolly

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Now that David Jolly is the official GOP candidate to replace U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young in the House, the big guns are beginning to line up.

Even bigger than Bob Barker.

Jolly announced today that U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain — in one of the most influential national GOP “gets” — is endorsing his run for Florida’s Congressional District 13. 

“The United States Congress needs principled leaders like David Jolly,” said the longtime Arizona Senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee. Jolly’s commitment to veterans, something that marked the more than 40-year House career of Young, is what drew McCain to the Pinellas County Republican.    

“His experience ensures he will be effective for the people of Pinellas County on day one,” McCain added. “David has strong convictions and also believes in civility and working together to get things done. And, his support for America’s men and women in uniform, our veterans, and particularly our wounded warriors is more than just a campaign promise – he’s lived this commitment through service at our military hospitals, at our VA centers and with multiple veterans organizations.”

Citing McCain’s “steadfast leadership and service to his constituents,” Jolly says he is “tremendously honored” to have the Senator’s support.

“A Navy veteran himself, Senator McCain has worked with members of both parties to ensure our nation’s veterans, and the veterans of his home state, have the support they need and deserve here at home,” Jolly said. “I look forward to working alongside him to ensure our veterans and our men and women of the armed forces continue to have access to the resources and services they have so rightfully earned.”

In a recent survey by national pollster Jim McLaughlin, Jolly holds onto a 5 percent lead over Democratic former Florida CFO and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink; in that survey, Jolly has 43 percent to Sink’s 38 percent. Libertarian Lucas Overby received 4 percent, with 15 percent undecided.

The special general election is March 11. 

For more information on the David Jolly, Republican for Florida Congressional District 13 Campaign, please visit www.davidjolly.com, like FB.com/DavidJollyCD13 or follow @DavidJollyCD13.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.