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Latest David Jolly digital ad questions Charlie Crist’s credibility

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David Jolly’s campaign in Florida’s 13th Congressional District race placed a new digital ad Tuesday featuring a speechless Charlie Crist.

The only voice in the 30-second ad appears to come from a member of the Palm Beach Post’s editorial board in 2014, when Crist was running for governor. The unseen board member recites a number of position changes Crist has made during his political career.

“You were for the economic stimulus then against it and then sort of for it,” says the unseen voice, as Crist sips a Diet Coke and takes notes. “You’ve had several positions on the healthcare law and different positions on parts of the healthcare law. You were against expanded oil drilling, and then you were for it, including near Florida, and then you were against it. And you were against running as as independent, and then you ran as an independent.”

After a slight pause, the editorial board member asks Crist, “Could you explain where you think your credibility is after all of these position changes?”

The was paid for by the Friends of David Jolly, a political committee supporting Jolly’s candidacy.

Earlier Tuesday, the House Majority Pac released a new TV ad running in the Tampa Bay area that compares Jolly’s stance on abortion rights with Donald Trump’s.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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