Personnel note: John David White leaves WellCare to become David Jolly’s Chief of Staff

in Uncategorized by

John David White, most recently the Director of Government Affairs for healthcare giant WellCare of Florida, is newly elected U.S. Rep. David Jolly’s choice for Chief of Staff.

Monday, WellCare Vice President of Public Policy and State Government Affairs Elizabeth Goodman inadvertently let the cat out of the bag when she revealed White’s hiring in an internal email that was leaked to SaintPetersBlog.

“Today I learned that one of the folks that will report to that Senior Director (JohnDavid White) is leaving us to become the Chief of Staff for Florida’s newest Congressman, David Jolly,” writes Goodman. “We are so excited for JohnDavid but very sad for us.”

For its part, neither Jolly’s campaign, nor any of the communications consultants associated with Jolly, would confirm White’s hiring. A spokesperson for Jolly said the Congressman would be making announcements about personal decisions in the coming days.

However, in addition to being White’s boss, Goodman is also the wife of political consultant Adam Goodman, a media consultant to Jolly’s campaign. So it’s pretty safe to assume she is in the know.

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 His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, 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 and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.