Did he or didn’t he?
Did congressional candidate David Jolly lobby on offshore drilling for a former client.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is charging that Jolly is lying about lobbying on behalf of Free Enterprise Nation for the Roadmap for America’s Energy Future.
Clearly, the DCCC has realized Jolly is the candidate to beat after the primary one week from today considering its laser focus on him the last 24 hours. However, the DCCC is basing its accusation on a Creative Loafing story which was corrected for accidentally misquoting Jolly spox Sarah Bascom.
Tonight, in a statement first provided to SaintPetersBlog, Jolly further sets the record straight.
“At the January 6 Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce forum I was unequivocal in stating I had never personally lobbied for offshore oil drilling interests,” said Jolly. “I remain unequivocal in that statement. A later review of public documents did reveal that a former client of mine endorsed a comprehensive energy independence blueprint that could have possibly expanded drilling in the Gulf, but I did not lobby on its behalf.
Let me make very clear, my position has always been that the current moratorium on expanded drilling in the eastern gulf should be protected and continued.
With that said, I am a strong supporter of moving toward energy independence and I do support continued exploration and drilling in the Gulf outside of the moratorium area, which the Democrats in Washington have continually opposed.”
Jim MacDougald, the founder and former CEO of Free Enterprise Nation corroborates Jolly’s position.
“While FEN did publicly support the Roadmap for America’s Energy Future, David Jolly was never employed to advocate on its behalf,” states MacDouglad. “David represented FEN on issues related to transparency for public employee pension funds, right-to-work matters, and a reduction in corporate and individual taxes.”